You may be experiencing pain on the left or right side of your back or both. The cause of one-sided back pain is usually simply a result of the body favoring one side more than the other when conducting daily activities. It could also stem from a more serious condition in the body. The one-sided pain causes there to be an imbalance within the body – either on the favored side or the non-favored side. Patients describe the feeling as an isolated acute stitch on one side or a throbbing feeling. Many factors play a role in contributing to the issue. Besides heredity, the effect of sitting at a desk job all day or a nagging sports injury that never fully healed can be related causes. It is important to note that no matter what the source, one-sided back pain can be a sign of more serious issues. Oftentimes the pain is acute in the lower back area.
Before any regimen is prescribed it is important to evaluate the possible source and causes of the discomfort. Patients often seek the expertise of a chiropractor for initial evaluation. Medical intervention is sometimes required and an experienced chiropractor will know when to refer out the case. If you have a sitting job, have your workstation evaluated for ultimate posture support. Also consult with your physician on your routine. Track how many minutes you are sitting at a time. Easy 2-5 minute therapy exercises and stretches during the day may help.
Chiropractic treatment is considered the most effective treatment for back pain through mobilization and spinal manipulation. With spinal adjustments, physical therapy, massage, back strengthening exercises, posture correction, and some lifestyle changes, most back pain can be relieved within a few weeks. Finding a doctor who performs the Palmer technique is a plus. Gentle manipulation is key.
Medical treatment will be needed when the less severe causes are ruled out. In the event of problems with the kidney pancreas or other organ, a medical doctor’s care is required. Some signs and symptoms that indicate a more serious issue are listed below.
When symptoms elevate listen to your body. Emergency care may be needed. Be sure to pay attention to warning signs that may require immediate attention and a visit to the local ER.
It is important to determine the causes of back pain to establish the best treatment plan. Trying to pinpoint the location of your pain can help identify both the cause the pain and the necessary course of treatment. More than eighty percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from back pain at some point in their life, and Nashville area residents are no exception. Whether you work at a desk, on a farm, or anywhere in between, everyday activities can contribute to chronic back pain. Prolonged sitting, driving and standing are all top contributors. When you are feeling back pain on one side, sometimes it can be concerning and cause you to question whether you may be having a more serious problem. Nashville Spine & Disc can treat your condition and knows when to involve a medical doctor.