Over 80% of American’s encounter some level of back pain in their lifetimes. Dr. Ryan Overton of Columbus, GA is a doctor, experienced in treating back pain from the root cause and doesn’t just treat the symptoms. After having dealt with sinus and back issues himself, Dr. Overton sought care from an alternative medicine doctor. Once he realized that this doctor was treating his pain, helping to cure ailments, and improving his quality of life, Dr. Overton saw the opportunity to help people in the same way. Dr. Overton graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995. His specialties include spinal health, sports injury management, and he is a spinal decompression specialist.
Back pain can be caused by a multitude of things. The most common causes for back pain include poor posture, herniated discs, spinal degeneration, osteoporosis, and injuries.
Poor posture contributes to back pain because the spine doesn’t stay in alignment when posture is poor. When the spine is out of alignment, the muscles that surround the spinal column can become weak or imbalanced. This can lead to nerve pain, pressure on the structures of the spine, neck pain, and/or hip pain. Dr. Overton can provide therapies, treatments, as well as instruction on exercises and stretches to do at home to correct the problem.
When the spine is out of alignment, or when the spine is injured, the rubbery cushions that sit between the vertebrae in the spine can become damaged. These discs prevent the vertebra from rubbing against one another. When these discs are damaged, pain can definitely arise from either nerve sensitivity or bone on bone contact.
Overtime, the spine can degenerate. When the discs in the spine become less flexible and flatten, the vertebrae can show signs of degeneration. This spinal degeneration can change a person’s posture to compensate for the changes, causing pain and stiffness. Additionally, the body might try to grow new bone (where it doesn’t belong) in the spine where it doesn’t belong, causing pain as well. Dr. Overton specializes in trying to prevent degeneration of the spine.
Osteoporosis is a condition that results from loss of calcium in bones as the body ages. When calcium is depleted, the bones become weak and brittle and can break more easily. Guided supplementation and exercise might be a good idea for a person with osteoporosis.
Additionally, injury can of course play a part in back pain. While this may seem obvious, there are several different conditions that can affect the spine when an injury occurs. Dr. Overton is the perfect person to diagnose and treat injuries related to back pain, whether from everyday life, sports, or automobile accidents.
No matter the cause of the back pain, Dr. Overton takes the time to assess and evaluate each of his patients. After a thorough assessment, he provides gentle and effective, drug-free treatments for his patients so they can get back to their everyday lives pain free as soon as possible.