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Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, Holistic Wellness & Functional Nutrition in Portland, OR

Back Pain services offered in Portland, OR


Back pain is a symptom that can easily lead to mobility problems, referred pain or numbness, and a general decline in function. At Optimal Health in the Buckman neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, chiropractic expert Terry Ycasas, DC, and the team provide Classical Chinese medicine and chiropractic treatments for back pain originating in and around the spine. To schedule your chiropractic consultation, call Optimal Health or book an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain is a symptom that can come from a variety of injuries, both large and small. There are also certain conditions and illnesses that cause back pain. Although your risk of having pain in your back increases as you get older, anyone can experience back pain and its associated symptoms like stiffness, numbness, and referred pain in places like the legs. 

Instances of back pain originate in or around your spine, which consists of two sections: the thoracic spine in your mid-back and the lumbar spine in your lower back. Back pain is most common in the lumbar spine because of weight distribution but can occur anywhere along the spine. 

Which conditions cause back pain?

Many conditions and injuries, both in and around the spine, can result in back pain. While back pain can be a temporary issue that resolves itself, you might require chiropractic care if it persists, is recurrent, or comes with other symptoms and complications. 

The team at Optimal Health routinely treats back pain from:

  • Scoliosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Muscle or ligament strain
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica

Some back pain appears suddenly after a very obvious injury or source of damage, such as a car accident or fall. Other back pain sets in slowly and may come from overuse or aging. The team at Optimal Health starts your visit with a chiropractic examination to locate the source of your back pain. 

How is back pain treated?

Chiropractors specialize in diagnosing and treating back pain from various injuries and long-term conditions. They individualize your care plan according to your personal preferences, needs, lifestyle, and diagnosis. 

Your care plan might involve a combination of chiropractic techniques and Classical Chinese medicine, including:

  • Nutritional guidance
  • Acupuncture/Non-invasive needling
  • Chiropractic adjustments (including the Torque Release Technique™) 
  • Chinese herbal formula
  • NuLeaf® CBD products
  • Traction/decompression therapy

The team may also teach you gentle home exercises to improve your back pain and encourage you to limit or avoid the stressors in your life as you heal. 

For more information on back pain and its causes, call Optimal Health or schedule a chiropractic consultation online today.