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Lower Left Back Pain - Causes and Who Can Help You

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, May 25, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - Cervical Manipulation to treat neck pain, Austin, TX

So the lower left-side of your back is giving you fits. You have two burning questions. What happened? How do I get this fixed? Both are important questions. Getting the former answered will help you prevent recurrence. But you're much more interested in getting the latter questioned answered, and fast!

Your problem might be medical, musculo-skeletal due to injury, or joint related due to genetics. Your medical doctor and your chiropractic team work together to get you properly diagnosed and treated. So let's start with the most common causes of lower left-side back pain.

The most common cause of lower left back pain is muscle strain or spasm on the left side of your body. Thankfully a muscle strain is not a serious injury, but the resulting pain can be quite severe. Pain in your lower left back from a muscle strain finds it origins in an overstretched or torn muscle (which damages the fibers of the muscle). This in turn can lead to inflammation, and this inflammation may cause back spasms. And pain from muscle strain is typically characterized as sharp, and is often tender to the touch. Solution: In our office we can use our MLS Cold Laser which has been clinically shown to speed the healing time of torn muscle tissue by up to 3 times and can provide immediate pain relief. In a medical office you would generally be treated with muscle relaxers, pain killers, and instructions to rest the muscle to allow healing.

More rarely, your lower left back pain may be provoked by a problem with your internal organs. These problems may include:

  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney infection
  • Gynecological disorders Pancreatitis

If you have a medical history of these types of conditions and your lower left-side of your back is suddenly challenging you, you should schedule an appointment with your treating medical doctor or we can help you find one.

Lower left back pain is often caused by some of the following problems related to the joint structure of your spine:

  • Lumbar herniated disc
  • Facet joint pain
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Misaligned/subluxated vertebrae
  • Nerve irritation/ compression

These are conditions that your chiropractor is highly educated and trained to both diagnose and treat. Here in our south Austin Texas chiropractic clinic, Dr. Henry treats lower left-side back pain as one of the very most common patient complaints. We want you to know that you don't have to live with this. Dr. Henry will diagnose the cause of your pain and put you on a rapid path back to normal life. Every case is unique, but if you take a moment to read and listen to some of our patient reviews, you'll find many different people testifying to rapid return to full quality-of-life living.

If you suffer spine and/or neck pain and live in and around the greater Austin, Texas area, Dr. Henry and the professional staff of TexStar Chiropractic are here for you. Give us a call


Mobile Phone Text Neck and How To Prevent It

Darren Kincaid - Monday, May 08, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - Cervical Manipulation to treat neck pain, Austin, TX

This blog post is another in south Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic’s commitment to public education and the promotion of sound spine and neck health.  Last week we asked “What can you do today to give you the best chance to delay (if not outright avoid) age-related back and neck problems”?  In the past we have talked about spinal decompression therapy

as a way to repair some of the damage that may have accumulated during those years that you may not have taken such good care of your neck or spine.  Today (along with the help of our friends at “spine-health.com”) we continue by educating the millions of people suffering mobile phone use-related neck pain.  


Most people who suffer from a sore or stiff neck after having seemingly done nothing wrong simply conclude that they “slept wrong”.  Few give pause to consider their use of the mobile phone as a potential source of the newfound discomfort. If you’re like most people, you probably spend a little too much time hunched over a smartphone or other mobile devices, doing everything from socializing with friends to setting up important meetings. Unfortunately, this overuse can put your neck at an increased risk for poor posture and a painful condition commonly called “text neck.”

In our practice I am noticing this more and more in teenagers and young people. I would guess that we are currently seeing more people under the age of 25 than I did in my first 5 years of practice combined. This is also the first generation that has had access to smartphones during the extremely important growth years from early puberty to adulthood.

If you have text neck or have noticed more neck pain after using mobile devices, here are some tips to treat it.

Practice good posture

The average head weighs 10 to 12 pounds. But did you know that weight more than doubles when your head is tilted forward just 15 degrees? Worse yet, many people who text with their chin near the neck are tilting the head forward 60 degrees, which increases the load to about 60 pounds.
With that in mind, try to keep your head and spine in neutral positions with the ears directly above the shoulders throughout the day. For example, hold your phone or tablet up a little higher, closer to eye level to minimize stress on your neck. If you have a desk job, remember basic things such as using a chair that helps your back stay upright, keep your feet flat on the floor, and position your monitor at eye level to avoid looking up or down too much.

Improve strength and flexibility

Performing some neck exercises and stretches on a daily basis can help treat text neck as well as reduce the risk of painful recurrences. When your neck muscles are strong and flexible, they’re better able to hold good posture and less likely to have a painful spasm.
Keep in mind that muscles in your chest, shoulders, and back play key roles in posture as well. For example, people with text neck also tend to have tight and weakened chest muscles from hunching over too much. Many of these muscles work together, so it’s a good idea to keep all of them strong and flexible.

Take breaks

Movement is good for the spine, including your neck. When possible, try to take frequent breaks from staring at phones, tablets, and computers. If you have a job that requires talking on the phone a lot, consider getting a headset to avoid holding or cradling the phone by your head for long periods of time—it puts less stress on your neck and has the added bonus of allowing you to move around more.

Turn technology in your favor

There are phone apps available that can detect when your phone is being held at a bad angle for your neck. When the app senses a bad angle, it alerts you to hold the phone up higher.

Other ideas could include setting reminders on your phone for taking breaks throughout the day and using a pedometer to track steps and activity levels—becoming more active and spending less time looking down at a screen is a good thing.

If you have arm pain, tingling, or weakness in addition to neck pain, that could be a sign of a pinched nerve and should be checked by a doctor.

We hope these tips help you find relief from neck pain while you’re busy keeping pace in today’s digital world, and as always, stay healthy. As always, consider your friends here in Austin's TexStar Chiropractic to be just a phone call away to helping you understand and/or eliminate any neck or spine health concern.  


New Patient Exam Fees To Be Donated to Autism Speaks - Helping Families with Autism

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 01, 2017
Textstar Chiropractic in Austin, TX Supports Autism Speaks

Austin, TX, May 1st, 2017

Autism spectrum disorders are estimated to affect 1 in 68 children in the US according to the CDC. These numbers are staggering and really upsetting to us here at south Austin's TexStar Chiropractic. Since this is not a condition we can treat directly we want to find a way to help do something about it.

SO, for the month of May we will donate 100% of the New Patient Exam fees that we collect back to a leading organization on the front lines of Autism Advocacy, "Autism Speaks".

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

In order to make it easier for everyone to help spread this message and share this opportunity with as many people as possible we are reducing our new patient fee to only $50, which will cover a thorough consult and exam, any necessary x-rays, and a detailed report of findings.

We are really excited about this opportunity and hope that you will help make this a success so we can do it even bigger next year.

TexStar Chiropractic Clinic is in Southwest Austin TX, right across from the Travis Country neighborhood. We serve the community with cutting edge technology and a noninvasive, conservative approach to health care. We have years of experience in treating patients with a multitude of painful and complex conditions so please share this message with anyone who might need professional spine and/or neck pain treatment while also wanting to give back at the same time.



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