Low Back Pain

Victor, a 28 year old male, came into our office in December, 2022, with low and mid back pain. His pain was intermittent, but he stated it was interfering with his daily activities. Victor was working from home and sitting in front of a computer every day, which was causing what we call a “little trauma” to his spine. Little traumas are caused by repetitive activities that over time cause the spine to be in an unnatural position. This unnatural position of the spine causes misalignments, which pinch the nerves coming out of the spine. This causes pain, irritation, and inflammation, which will continue and often worsen unless corrected.

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Victor complained that his daily life was being affected and included difficulty working out, doing chores, working; basically everything he did was being negatively impacted. Victor listed his pain level for his low back as a 5, on a scale from 1-10, on his first visit.

We did x-rays on Victor and after analysis, Dr. Chris found multiple misalignments in his lower spine which he concluded were causing his pain issues. Victor started on care plan specific to his needs, and began by coming into our office three times a week for regular adjustments, postural rehabilitation treatments, and electrical stimulation. After just six short weeks, new x-rays showed improvement, and Victor noted “moderate” improvement. He listed his pain level at that time as a 2. One year later, Victor described his progress as “a lot better, a lot lot better! Pretty much all zero’s now!” His daily activities have returned to normal and he is able to work and enjoy life virtually pain free because of his treatment at our office!

Nearly everyone suffers from low back pain at some point in their life, and it’s caused from a number of reasons. A major trauma such as a car accident, slip and fall, or sports injury is a common reason for back pain, as well as a little trauma: repetitive daily activities which over time cause misalignments in the spine (standing long hours, bending, twisting, lifting, sitting in front of a computer all day, looking at your cellphone all day…). Overuse of the back, excess exercise, using the back in a way not usually done, disc bulges and degeneration, scoliosis, and arthritis or osteoporosis in the spine can also contribute to low back pain.

What are the Symptoms of Low Back Pain?

Dull, sharp or constant pain, shooting pain, increased pain when bending or lifting, worsening pain when resting, sitting, walking, or sleeping, stiffness, numbness in hips and legs, radiating pain to other areas of the back and lower body.

What Kind of Problems Arise from Low Back Pain?

Decreased mobility, inability to perform daily activities, job-related issues, weakness, school and community engagement, sleep issues, low mood and distress are all problems that can occur. Due to the misalignments in the low spine, pinched nerves decrease blood blow to many of your tissues, muscles, and vital organs such as your kidneys, bladder, digestive tract, female and male reproductive organs, so this can cause additional health issues.

How Does Chiropractic Help?

Chiropractic adjustments help by reducing the nerve irritability and correcting spinal misalignments which are causing the pain. This decreases inflammation, muscle tension, and improves nerve and blood flow which encourages healing and pain relief.

What Does Macomb Township Chiropractic Offer?

We offer state of the art treatments for low back pain. With the use of chiropractic biophysics, combining both manual spinal adjustments and postural rehabilitation not only works to stop the pain, but helps to find and correct the source of your pain. Our office also offers treatment with our massage beds, heat therapy, postural adjustments using the nerve gun,postural traction, computerized disc decompression table, and ice treatments.

Dr. Chris Mcneil

Dr. Chris McNeil specializes in Chiropractic Rehab and Disc Decompression Therapy. He is the first Chiropractor in Michigan to be certified in the Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) technique of posture & spinal rehabilitation. CBP is the chiropractic technique with the most research studies published in medical and chiropractic journals, so it is the most scientific and specific of all the chiropractic techniques. Dr. Chris is also certified in the Kennedy disc decompression therapy technique for the treatment of bulging, herniated or degenerated discs.
Growing up in Metro Detroit Michigan in a medical family, with both his mother and father working as registered nurses, Dr. Chris always knew he wanted to go into the medical profession. After recovering from a severe auto accident while he was in high school, in which he fractured both of his arms, several fingers and his leg, and had to undergo extensive surgeries and physical therapy. That is when Dr. Chris decided to go to Wayne State University to become a physical therapist.
At the same time Dr. Chris was going to Wayne State University to become a physical therapist he was introduced to chiropractic care by a high school friend who was going to Life University to become a chiropractor.  Since starting under chiropractic care, the chronic sinus infections he used to experience on a monthly basis now happen rarely, and at that time he became a chiropractic believer and converted. That’s when he changed his college major from physical therapy to chiropractic.
Dr. Chris graduated from Life University in Marietta Georgia in 2002 and has dedicated his life to helping the people of Macomb County Michigan achieve natural and safe health and healing through chiropractic rehab and disc decompression therapy.