Central Back Pain
Mid-back pain can originate from many different structures including postural muscles, ribs, ligaments, spinal joints and nerves. Certain internal organs can also refer pain to the mid-back such as some of the upper digestive tract.
The spine is a complex interconnecting network of nerves, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and all are capable of producing pain. Large nerves that originate in the spine and go to the legs and arms can make pain radiate to the extremities.
Chiropractors treat central back pain with good results. During the visit, the chiropractor would discuss the history of the problem, perform a physical exam to determine the cause of the mid-back pain and then treat the musculoskeletal problem with manual therapy such as spinal manipulation and mobilizations and may also use ultrasound or other physical modalities, heat or ice, and home exercises to help promote healing.
Lower Back Pain
Low back pain is a common musculoskeletal disorder which affects the lumbar segment of the spine. It can be either acute, sub acute or chronic in its clinical presentation. Typically, the symptoms of low back pain do show significant improvement within two to three months from its onset. In a significant number of individuals, low back pain tends to be recurrent in nature with a waxing and waning quality to it. In a small proportion of sufferers this condition can become chronic. Population studies show that back pain affects most adults at some stage in their life and accounts for more sick leave and disability than any other single medical condition.