Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons that patients visit a chiropractor. The pain can come and go or remain constant and range from mildly uncomfortable to agonizing and completely debilitating. Whatever type of back pain you are experiencing, chiropractic care can help.
Here’s what you need to know about lower back pain and how chiropractic care can help.
Lower back pain can be caused by a wide range of issues.
Some of the most common causes of lower back pain include:
A herniated disc. This is where one of the gel-filled discs that sit between each of the vertebrae of the spine is, causing the inner portion of the disc to protrude through the outer shell and irritate the surrounding nerve roots. This is just one way in which pain occurs. Secondly, the discs themselves contain nerve fibers, and damage to these can cause the patient to experience pain. Finally, inflammation that naturally occurs to try and protect the area will exacerbate any discomfort and can make it difficult to move around. You may also hear of a herniated disc being referred to as a slipped or prolapsed disc. Non-surgical treatment options are available to treat this condition.
Degenerative disc disease. Many parts of our bodies naturally deteriorate with age, and intervertebral discs are no exception. As we get older, the previously water-filled discs become dehydrated, putting them at greater risk of becoming damaged. In serious cases of degenerative disc disease, they can collapse entirely – a condition called spinal stenosis.
Poor posture is one of the most common causes of chronic or acute lower back pain. Unfortunately, many people are distracted by their activities and don’t give much attention to their posture during the day. Good posture is important for a number of reasons.
It ensures that bones and joints are in the correct position for muscles to properly function.
Good posture helps to reduce wear and tear of joints, helping to prevent the onset of osteoarthritis.
There is less strain placed on the ligaments of the spine.
Good posture also helps to prevent fatigue since the muscles are being used more efficiently, which enables the body to use less energy.
Patients who have good posture habits are less likely to experience backache and muscular pain.
When we spend a great deal of time sitting down, such as when working at a desk, we tend to develop a slouch. This is when our spine is no longer straight, but instead curved and compressed. This position can put excessive pressure on the joints, muscles, and discs of the spine, causing pain and inflammation.
Research has shown that chiropractic care can be one of the most effective treatments for lower back pain. Our chiropractic team has the education and training needed to identify the cause of your lower back pain, which will help them determine which treatment will be most effective.
There is a range of different techniques that may be used, which include the most well-known – spinal manipulations. This is where the body and spine are manipulated to ensure that the bones of the spine are in the correct position. This helps to alleviate pressure on the surrounding nerves and soft tissue so that inflammation and pain are reduced. This also helps the immune system function more effectively, and this can help you to better manage symptoms caused by lower back pain.
When lower back pain is caused by poor posture we also work with you to improve your posture, lower back pain is caused by poor posture. This will help to alleviate the symptoms that you are experiencing, and could prevent you from suffering from back pain in the future.
For more advice on chiropractic care for lower back pain, please contact us today!