Back Pain/ Backaches

Back pain/ backaches are experienced by about 80% of the population at some point in their life and is most common in adults between the ages of 35 to 55.  It is known to be the reason most people go to the doctor and/ or miss work and one of the leading causes of disability.  The entire back can be affected (upper, middle, or lower)  by back pain and can include sciatica, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle, and nerve problems.Often back pain is self inflicted due to poor body mechanics, sporting injuries, accidents, and improper lifting technique.  By correcting improper body mechanics, exercising the core muscles, and maintaining proper body weight most people can completely avoid surgery and even avoid excessive treatment.  


Symptoms of Back pain/ Backaches

  • Stiffness or aching
  • Sharp pain after lifting heavy objects
  • Fever or inflammation in the back
  • Pain that does not subside when lying down or resting
  • Pain may run from the back through the leg below the knee
  • Numbness around genitals, buttocks, or anus
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence


Causes of Back Pain/ Backaches

  • Muscle or ligament strained during activity 
  • Improper lifting, pulling, or pushing objects
  • Standing (poor posture)
  • Bending down
  • Sitting punched (poor posture)
  • Over stretching
  • Twisting, coughing, or sneezing
  • Bad mattress
  • Muscle spasms or tension
  • Moving awkwardly or abruptly
  • Arthritis 
  • Bulging or ruptured discs
  • Sciatica
  • Abnormal curvature of the spine
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer of the spine
  • Infection of the spine or other infections
  • Shingles
  • Cauda equina syndrome


Risk Factors of Back Pain/ Backaches

  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Strenuous physical work or exercise
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • Stress or mentally stressful job
  • Anxiety or depression


Treatment for Back Pain/ Backaches

ASTR uses holistic, noninvasive and pain free approaches to relieving inflammation and pain without the use of medication.  Our doctors use patented ASTR tools to break down and clear the existing scar tissue and myofasical restriction in patients.  Specific special exercise programs are given to patients that are designed to reduce inflammation and strengthen the muscle to bring the patient back to a normal functioning and activity.