Back Pain Specialist

Indian Harbor Chiropractic

Diana Gailes, DC

Chiropractor located in Cos Cob, CT

Back pain is common, affecting nearly everybody from time to time. If you struggle with severe or ongoing back discomfort, rely on Indian Harbor Chiropractic in Cos Cob, Connecticut. Expert chiropractor Diana Gailes, DC, finds the root cause of back pain and treats it using a gentle, holistic approach. Call the office to book an appointment or schedule online today.

Back Pain Q&A

What is back pain?

Back pain is an uncomfortable feeling in your back or spine. It could be mild, moderate, severe, or crippling in some cases. You may have back pain because of a disease, age-related wear, heavy lifting, or an accident. Treatment with Dr. Gailes offers the back pain relief you deserve.

What does back pain feel like?

If you have back discomfort, it could feel like:

  • Dull, aching pain
  • Sharp pain
  • Radiating discomfort
  • Shooting pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Stiffness

You might have limited movement or range of motion with back pain. It could come and go or linger long-term.

What are the risk factors for back pain?

Common causes of back discomfort include:

  • Spinal degeneration
  • Herniated discs
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Deterioration 
  • Trauma
  • Scoliosis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendon injuries
  • Narrowed spinal canal
  • Sciatica
  • Pinched nerves
  • Whiplash

You may have back pain after falling, lifting something heavy, playing contact sports, or being in a work-related or auto accident. 

Sciatica occurs when your sciatic nerve gets compressed or irritated. It can cause radiating pain in your lower back, buttocks, and down your leg. You might feel burning or excruciating discomfort, as well as an electric shock-like jolt.

Risk factors for developing sciatica include older age, heavy lifting, weight challenges, diabetes, and prolonged sitting.

How does my provider diagnose the cause of back pain?

To find the root cause of back pain and develop an effective treatment plan, Dr. Gailes discusses your symptoms and medical history. She checks your vital signs, completes a comprehensive physical exam, and may recommend undergoing blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures.

What are common treatments for back pain?

Dr. Gailes puts your needs first and will recommend treatment based on your specific condition. Common back pain treatments include:

Home remedies

Things you can do at home to alleviate back pain include resting your back, using ice or heat packs, wearing a brace, and doing stretches and strengthening exercises. Eat nutritious foods, maintain a healthy body weight, stay active, and get plenty of sleep. 

Chiropractic care

The chiropractic adjustments Dr. Gailes offers at Indian Harbor Chiropractic include motion palpation, spinal adjustments, activator application, drop table care, neuromuscular therapy, and more to diminish back pain.

Neuromuscular Therapy

Dr. Gailes offers neuromuscular therapy to relieve muscle tension and nerve pressure while reducing back discomfort. The treatment focuses pressure on specific areas to reduce pain. 

Physical therapy

Physical therapy stretches and strength exercises help diminish back pain, improve mobility, and give you a better quality of life. 

To learn more about the many back pain treatments available at Indian Harbor Chiropractic, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.