Affecting 80% of us at some point in our lives, it is no wonder back pain is the second most common reason Americans visit a doctor next to upper respiratory infections.
This statistic is so high because the lumbar spine of the lower back is highly unstable, similar to the cervical spine of the neck. The middle back tends to have more stability due to the support of the rib cage. What the low back lacks in stability, it gains in mobility, allowing us to movement and range of motion. However, a low back that lacks either mobility and/or stability is vulnerable to injury.
With that said, a healthy low back that is cared for, can withstand immense forces and offer great support. For example, power lifters and elite Cross Fit athletes are able to hoist hundreds of pounds in various movements safely. In contrast, if your low back is weak, unsupportive, or misaligned, any movement can create problems.
Some people wait to see if their low back pain will heal on its own, which is the old approach, assuming the injury will heal naturally. However, research now shows that the “wait and see” method may ease the pain temporarily but it often returns. This outlines the importance of addressing and treating low back pain with chiropractic care and therapy.
Lower back pain can result from a variety of conditions, including: strained muscles, sprained ligaments, herniated or bulging discs, irritated facet joints, myofascial pain, and joint inflammation. Back pain can occur after a traumatic incident such as a car accident, fall, or injury while playing a sport. Further, low back pain can also occur after simple repetitive movements or sneezing where a previous weakness existed. Conditions like arthritis, obesity, stress, kidney stones, and bad posture can all create back pain as well.
Since there is such a wide variety of causes of back pain, it is important not to self-diagnose. Help from a professional will rule out more serious conditions, identify the problem, and develop a treatment plan to correct the issue. Dr. Nevel of Sport & Spinal Rehab is specifically trained in the treatment and correction of low back pain.
Common Causes of Lower Back Pain
- Disc Herniations & Disc Bulges
- Misaligned Vertebrae (Subluxations)
- Sprained Ligaments
- Strained Muscles
- Irritated Facet Joints
- Poor Posture
Chiropractic Care of Low Back Pain
Low back pain is a common condition treated by chiropractors and usually has very positive results. A chiropractic adjustment (manipulation) is often made to the low back vertebrae, restoring the normal motion and position of the bones. These adjustment are sometimes used in conjunction with other physical therapy modalities. Many studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment of low back pain over traditional medicine with far less side effects. While conventional treatments such as pain killers, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory drugs, and bed rest mask the symptoms, they do not correct the cause of the pain like chiropractic and therapy. Only chiropractic treatment will align the spine and restore the normal joint motion.