Back Pain



A disc bulge, or herniation, stems from the outer edges of the discs that are located in between the vertebrae. These outer edges become damaged which leads to a gelatin-like mass squeezing out and creating a bulge. This painful issue is more common than most people think, however, it can go undetected as some patients feel no pain. The pain is determined by the size and location of the herniation within the back. The damaged disc can potentially irritate nerves around it which can cause a stabbing or shooting pain sensation or issues within the legs.

It is essential this condition is found as soon as possible as the risk of further damage is possible with this issue. Expect. Chiropractic will completely and carefully examine your back in order to understand the intensity of your condition along with creating a customized treatment plan to stop the potentially worsening effects of a herniation and relieve the pain associated with it.


Subluxation is defined as the misalignment within the vertebral column. Stress, injury, and toxins can all be responsible for the misalignment. Generally speaking, subluxations are very painful and have the potential to affect the lifestyle and daily movements of an individual. Despite subluxations being one of the most overlooked back pain issues, a chiropractor is taught to use specific and effective methods and adjustment techniques in order to locate and precisely correct a misalignment.


A strain or sprain usually originates during a task or activity that our body is not used to doing and can also be caused by accidents. The back can be easily strained or sprained while stretching farther than normal or attempting to lift while twisting. If this does occur, high levels of pain, swelling or bruising is expected. But the good news is that these strains and sprains usually resolve themselves with a simple realignment of the spine and in most cases a chiropractic visit is an appropriate treatment for this condition.


Recurring stress can have very harmful effects on the human body and is capable of producing back pain and lead to high blood pressure as well. As stress hormones are released, back pain can arise and produce tension and muscle spasms. The tension generally combines in areas known as trigger points. Professional assistance is needed to work with these trigger points as they can produce excruciating pain. Chiropractors have been trained to work with you to eliminate the stress from these trigger points. A personalized approach will be created in order to eliminate the recurrence of this pain and stress.


There are a variety of issues that can be responsible for back pain. Lower back pain can originate from obesity, arthritis, kidney stones or a urinary tract infection. These conditions are harmful if left untreated for a long period of time and must be treated as soon as possible in order to prevent long-term health issues. Dr. Tucker has been taught to identify these issues and provide the most effective treatment plan. A simple chiropractic adjustment has the potential to help greatly with many of these common issues.

We have a variety of treatment options for Back Pain. Please contact us at Expect. Chiropractic of Ottumwa with questions regarding your condition and what we can do to help.


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