Chiropractor Questions Back Pain

How is back soreness treated?

I am experiencing extreme soreness in my back. When I sleep on the floor it feels better. What could the condition be? What is the treatment?

23 Answers

your bed could be too soft or just worn out. therapy and chiropractic adjustments will usually help.
We call spinal misalignments “subluxations” and as chiropractors we gently adjust the subluxated vettebra into proper alignment thus allowing normal function of all the body’s parts.
Begin getting adjusted, doing core exercises like bridges and look into purchasing an inversion table
Back soreness in my office, Lafayette Hilltop Chiropractic, Dr. Mary Jean Negri, is treated with massage and chiropractic adjustment along with other gentle soothing modalities to alleviate the soreness.
Thank you for the question.

Soreness in the back that is made better when you lay flat is something that we treat in our office on a regular basis. These symptoms are often caused by restrictions in the joints in the spine. This is best treated with a chiropractic adjustment. After an examination, the chiropractor will determine if an adjustment is the best treatment option. Seeing a chiropractor is the best place to get started with resolving this issue. IF you do not have a chiropractor, here is a map of evidence-based chiropractors around the world.!map
I would see a chiropractor first to have your spine assessed. More than likely they will be able to pinpoint areas of your back that they can improve.

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From exercises to chiropractic to physical therapy, there are many approaches
Patients who have complaints of soreness in their back that is alleviated with sleeping on the floor is a symptom of arthritis or spinal degeneration which, in turn, can actually be a mattress problem. Sleeping on the floor for you provides support and relief because your mattress is probably too old or too soft for you. When your mattress is too soft, it won’t support your spine. The key when sleeping is to have your spine supported in a neutral position. This also means that, with a pillow under the head, it will be different sizes for everyone. You should not have your head excessively tilted either up or down as both will strain the neck. Aim for a straight position of the neck and have a doctor, partner, or friend verify your neck is straight. Sleeping on your side or on your back is best, preferably with a pillow between the legs or a body pillow. Sleeping on your stomach is not advised as it will strain your neck and back.
It can be many things. However most can be treated from chiropractic treatments.
Your muscles should be worked on as well as adjusting and exercise. If you have any questions, feel free to call my office at (631)462-0917
Condition could be bad posture and your spine is most likely subluxated, find a good Chiropractor to help.
Your pain is most likely due to tight muscles of your spine and back. Or it could be as serious as a disc bulge. When you lay in a bed your body sinks into the mattress which causes these muscles to be longer. When you elongate a tight muscle it may cause pain. When you lie on the floor you’re supporting these muscles and your spine stays straight. You should look into getting myofascial release, stretching program, chiropractic care.
Your mattress may be too soft. Also, when side sleeping, a pillow is needed between the knees to disallow over stretching of the low back. That’s why it feels better on a firm floor. Temper pedic makes a medium to firm mattress for side sleepers and back sleepers that’s “just right."
Hope I helped. Got your back.

Dr. Todd Gewant
An examination to evaluate range of motion, reflexes, muscles strength, posture, gait and analysis of joint function to look for instability and weakness should be performed in order to determine the cause of the soreness. Perhaps x-rays too depending upon examination findings. Treatment would be determined based on your exam and could consist of chiropractic manipulation, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and/ or therapeutic exercise.
Back soreness is a sign that there is an issue that needs to be addressed. It could be a variety of things, but most likely your muscles are responding to stress on your spine. To properly treat it, you need to be examined to find out the cause of your pain. You could have spinal misalignments, or subluxations that need correction. Often, physical therapy modalities like electrical muscle stim can be used to relax tight muscles and decrease pain. Massage is also beneficial, as are stretching and strengthening exercises for your spine and core muscles.
It could be muscle spasms that are exacerbated by a soft mattress!

Dr. Sonal Dalal, DC
It could be that your back muscles are weak which is why a hard surface like the floor makes your back feel better. The firmness of the floor seems to support your muscles which takes pressure off. Soreness could be related to weakness. Work on core strengthening exercises but also have a chiropractor check your back to see if anything else is needed and to confirm weak muscles.
It is probably an alteration in the musculoskeletal biomechanics of the spine possible due to a worn out mattress not providing adequate support. Sleeping on a hard surface stretches the muscles and tractions the spine that provides temporary relief. See your chiropractor.
Back soreness can come from a number of things. It could be joint, disc, nerve compression, muscle and/or ligament damage or bone problems. That is always the purpose of an examination to further determine that.

Based on what you are describing it sounds like a lack of core balance and tight hip flexors which stretch out when you are laying on a harder support like the ground.

We focus on fixing that by stretching, then strengthening and stabilizing the surrounding tissues of the lumbar joints after an adjustment.

Check out our facebook page for tips and tricks you can do with stretching and to set up an appointment call 507-337-2423 as the purpose of that first visit is to make sure we can help!

Thank you,

Dr. Rob
There could be a number of reasons for having back pain. Can you think of anything you might have done to help contribute to this?
How old are you? What is your activity level? Can you identify some activity that may have made your back “sore”? Is your soreness or pain mild, moderate, or severe? Where would you put it in a scale of 0-10, where 0 is no pain or soreness whatsoever? Do you have a history of low back pain (LBP) or soreness? Is your “back soreness” even your lower back? We’ll assume it is, but how could we know? What is your occupation? There are so many different types of LBP, and a thorough medical interview and history (past medical history, work history, family history, etc.) with a review of bodily systems and physical examination are necessary. My examination for LBP includes a functional examination, i.e., we test for what your low back muscles and joints can or cannot do. This goes beyond the typical low back exam that a general practitioner, family physician, or orthopedist would do. So, your question requires much more examination and questioning of YOU. It is interesting that you find relief laying on a hard surface. With most muscular LBP, lying flat on your back on a hard surface often increases pain. Are you lying on your side? Face-down (prone)? Hard to know what you’ve got going on from such a brief description.
This will depend based upon what is causing your lower back pain. Many things from strained muscles, sprained ligaments, or even more serious problems like disc protrusions all have different treatment protocols. Getting an initial exam will help the doctor to determine what is causing the lower back pain and treatment will be based upon what the findings are.
Typically back soreness occurs when the muscles are working too hard. This could be an imbalance of the surrounding muscles or it could be joints in the low back that aren't working as well as they should be which causes inflammation and pain. It could also be a disc that has started to bulge and cause pressure in the area. The best course would be to get an exam so a proper treatment plan can be set up to ensure the best results.