Back Pain

Ventura Family Chiropractic

Adam McKillican, DC

Chiropractic located in Ventura, CA

Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability among Americans and affects 80% of adults at some point in their lives. Reliable back pain treatment is available from Adam McKillican, DC, at Ventura Family Chiropractic. Located in Ventura, California, Dr. McKillican has been in practice for 20 years and provides effective, conservative treatments for lower back pain. To schedule, use the online tool or call the office now.

Back Pain Q & A

Why does my back hurt?

Back pain may be the result of a specific injury, poor posture, or wear-and-tear. To determine why you’re having lower back pain, it’s important to be able to locate your pain. The most common areas to experience lower back pain include:

  • Vertebrae
  • Intervertebral discs
  • Facet joints
  • Ligaments and muscles surrounding the spine
  • Lumbar nerves
  • Sacroiliac joints
  • Coccyx (tailbone)

Dr. McKillican begins your visit by asking about the location of your pain and whether it spreads or travels anywhere else, including into your buttocks or down your legs. This information helps Dr. McKillican narrow down the potential causes of your pain.

What causes back pain?

Based on the location of your pain, Dr. McKillican is able to identify specific causes of lower back pain, including:

  • Intervertebral joint dysfunction
  • Facet joint dysfunction
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Lumbar radiculopathy
  • Disc herniation
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle strain or ligament sprain

The cause of your pain determines the type of treatment you receive and may impact the length of your recovery.

How is back pain diagnosed?

Dr. McKillican begins your visit by asking about your symptoms, the location of your pain, when the pain is at its worst, and if there’s anything that makes the pain better. He’ll then perform a complete physical exam, assessing your flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion.

Dr. McKillican will incorporate specific orthopedic and neurological tests to determine if your pain is coming from your vertebral joints, intervertebral discs, nerves, or surrounding muscle tissues. These tests involve bending and twisting, lifting your legs, and pressing on your lower back in different areas.

In some cases, Dr. McKillican may order X-rays or an MRI if he suspects a complex condition, like a disc herniation or extensive arthritic changes to your spine. Based on his findings, Dr. McKillican diagnoses the cause of your pain and recommends treatment options.

How is back pain treated?

Back pain is treated based on your diagnosis, level of pain, and lifestyle. The first step is getting you out of pain. Dr. McKillican incorporates chiropractic adjustments, hydromassage, and manual therapy to help you feel better.

Once your pain has decreased, Dr. McKillican may incorporate stretches and exercises into your care to improve your flexibility and muscle strength. It is important to follow these recommendations at home in order to heal properly and potentially prevent the pain from returning.

Schedule a visit online or by phone to relieve your back pain at Ventura Family Chiropractic today.