Topic: Low Back Pain

Below you will find an easy to read transcript of Dr. Jeffrey Clark’s interview on the razorcast™ monthly podcast. You can either watch the video to listen to the podcast or simply read the easy to follow transcript below. Enjoy!

Podcast Interview:

RC: Hello everyone, this is Liz Harvey coming to you from our razorcast™ studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you cutting edge interviews from leading industry professionals across the United States.

In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Jeffrey Clark.  Dr. Clark is the founder of Clark Chiropractic Clinic, a pain relief and wellness center located in Omaha, Nebraska. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Clark is educated by faculty & teachers of colleges worldwide. He has been in practice since 1981 and served on the Nebraska Workers Compensation Board and is a Diplomat of the International Scoliosis Research Center.

Dr. Clark is considered to be one of the top Chiropractors in the area and he is also a contributing member of our national network of industry professionals.

Today we are going to talk about a very important topic: Low Back Pain.

Hello Dr. Clark, how are you today?

Dr. Jeffrey Clark: Hey Liz, I’m very good.

RC: Thank you! Thanks for being here with us.

Question 1: Can you tell us what is usually the cause of low back pain?

RC: To dive in, can you tell us what the cause of low back pain usually is?

Dr. Jeffrey Clark: A lot of people will come into my office and say “Doc, what do you think I did?” Well I don’t know what you did. I know the end result of what’s causing your pain. So I’ll probably answer more that way then well what you did maybe twenty years ago when you jumped on the back of that pickup truck. I only know what the end result is.

Typically low back pain is going to be caused by misalignment of a vertebrae, either a disc problem, muscles, sprain/strain, old injuries that weren’t detected until later, weight lifting, bad posture, sitting on too soft furniture. A lot of it is just ergonomics and how we take care of our spine during the day and night.

So for the cause of low back pain, typically there is a nerve involved and of course anytime you have a pinched nerve, you are going to end up with pain.

Question 2: How would we know if there is a slipped disc?

RC: Okay and besides just a little pain. How would we know if there is a slipped disc?

Dr. Jeffrey Clark: A slipped disc…a lot of times, patients will come in and say “Well Doc, you know, I think I’ve got a slipped disc” or “One of my friends had this and they said they had a slipped disc.”To be fair really,  a disc by itself  just won’t slip.  It doesn’t happen that way. So, typically a disc does not slip. It will bulge, tear or rupture but not slip.

The vertebrae is really what causes the problem. The vertebrae stops moving and then over time the lack of movement causes a disc to be irritated or strained and then that’s when you end up with disc problems. But, I always try to clarify with patients that a disc doesn’t slip because I want my patients to understand and to be educated really about the biomechanics of what happens and not just using loose terminology and descriptions.

RC:  Right, I think that’s really helpful.

Question 3: Is there anything that we can do to avoid back pain?

RC: Is there anything we can do to avoid back pain?

Dr. Jeffrey Clark:  There are a lot of things you can do to avoid it. Obviously prevention is always one of the best things. Whether it’s back pain or just general health, you want to live right.

But proper exercise, stretching, posture, lifting techniques. Have your spine checked periodically to catch a problem before it becomes a full blown episode of irretraceable pain. A lot of times pain itself is a warning that something is going wrong. So by having proper posture, a good core, all those things are helpful.

Question 4: Can exercise prevent back injury from occurring?

RC: Now you mentioned a good core and that is all I hear about when I try to exercise. So can exercise prevent back injury from occurring?

Dr. Jeffrey Clack: I knew when I said that, you’d want to go that track. Well, no one ever likes to exercise their core because of our stomach muscles –  it’s painful and the next day you are sore. But it’s not necessarily that kind of thing.

A big thing people don’t realize is the exercise for your core really happens in the kitchen. When we don’t eat properly, of course we end up putting on more weight. I’ve heard over and over again from trainers and everyone else. If you are able to stand up right, then your back and stomach muscles are plenty strong. So they’ll go to the gym and they will work these stomach muscles really hard but until you get rid of what’s going on in the kitchen, it’s just a lot of extra work really for nothing.

So it’s more important to take care of it that way. I’ll tell patients that we want to caution them that most people don’t have weak muscles and as a matter of fact, if you can walk upright your muscles are pretty strong. Floor exercises, walking, swimming are probably the best activities to help keep a healthy back.

RC: That’ really good advice, I think everybody can appreciate that advice.

Question 5: Can massage help keep a back “loose?”

RC: Lastly how about massage? Can massage help keep a back loose to prevent injury or pain?

Dr. Jeffrey Clark: Oh yes! As a matter of fact Liz, we recommend massage. I don’t do it here at my office or have it done here. I know there are plenty of good massage therapists around. We recommend massage but realize again that the muscle therapy that they are doing is for the muscle. It’s not to replace chiropractic adjustments but it’s to enhance your ongoing spinal health.                                                   

RC: Okay great, thank you so much Dr. Clark! We know you are extremely busy, so I want to thank you for your time & help today.

Dr. Jeffrey Clark: Thank you for having me, Liz.

RC: For our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with Dr. Jeffrey Clark, you can either go online at www.theomahachiropractor.com or call (402) 393-0566 to schedule an appointment.

On behalf of our entire team at razorcast™, we want to thank you for listening and we look forward to bringing you more top quality content from our country’s leading industry professionals.

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