The Clinic Houston Chiropractic
Michael Shiha, DC
Chiropractor & Upper Cervical Specialist located in Katy, TX
Spine pain may originate in the bones, discs, nerves, or connective tissues that make up your spinal column. If you have spine pain that’s affecting your quality of life, Michael Shiha, DC and his team at The Clinic Houston Chiropractic in Katy, Texas, can help. Dr. Shiha provides gentle, nonsurgical treatments that address the root cause of your spine pain, relieving inflammation and nerve compression. To benefit from his expertise, call the practice today or schedule an appointment online.
Spine Pain Q & A
What causes spine pain?
Your spine is a long, curved column of bones (vertebrae) connected by facet joints and connective tissues. Between the vertebrae are spongy discs that absorb shock traveling up your spine. Damage to any of these structures can cause spine pain.
Common causes of spine pain include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated discs
- Vertebral compression fractures
- Bone spurs
- Radiculopathy (nerve compression)
- Scoliosis (abnormal spinal curvature)
Acute injuries such as fractures to the vertebrae, damage to the spinal cord, and anything that forces the vertebrae out of alignment can also lead to spine pain.
How do these causes of spine pain occur?
Many conditions that cause spine pain result from the effects of growing older. The discs get drier and flatter, changing the alignment of your spine and making you more likely to suffer a herniation, where the inside of the disc pushes through a weak spot in the outer shell.
These problems can cause ligaments to grow thicker and bone spurs (osteophytes) to develop as your body attempts to reinforce the weakened spine. Rather than helping, these cause nerve compression and narrowing of the spine.
Acute injuries are also responsible for many cases of spine pain. Auto accidents, for example, can cause fractures and misalignment, and sports injuries are a frequent cause of stretching and tearing of the spinal structures.
The other common issue is failing to look after your back. Poor posture — rounded shoulders, hollow chest, head looking down — all put extra strain on your spine. Twisting instead of turning or lifting heavy weights without bending your knees and using your legs are other examples.
What can I do about spine pain?
If you have spine pain, Dr. Shiha specializes in gentle, noninvasive treatments to address the cause of your condition.
He uses chiropractic techniques to safely realign any subluxations (spinal misalignments), including the NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association) technique. These approaches don’t cause your spine to crack or pop as some chiropractic adjustments do.
Dr. Shiha might also recommend additional measures such as using ice or heat, massage, and specific exercises to help you recover from spine pain.
To benefit from a safe, nonsurgical resolution of your spine pain, call Michael Shiha, DC, today or book an appointment online.