Low Back Pain Treatment
The lower back provides flexibility, support, and strength to the upper body. Lower back pain can range from mild to severe, and for some, it can be very debilitating. Chiropractic care can be a great way to reduce swelling and alleviate pain in the lower back. People suffering from pain and discomfort can benefit from routine chiropractic care provided by the experienced and knowledgeable medical professionals at Advantage Chiropractic. At our facility, you’ll receive treatment that’s gentle, effective, and noninvasive.
Lower Back Pain Treatment from a Chiropractor
The chiropractic care you receive at our facility will be tailored to your specific needs and wellness goals.
When you meet with one of our chiropractors, they will perform a thorough examination and take a complete history of your symptoms to help them accurately determine the cause of your pain.
Next, they will clearly explain the best form of treatment for you, based on their findings, and recommend an individual treatment program that’s designed to help alleviate your lumbar spine pain and other symptoms.
Treatments for Lower Back Pain
The type of lower back pain treatment provided by a chiropractor at our facility will be highly individualized and will depend on several factors for each patient.
Chiropractic care can include:
Spinal mobilization can be used to treat some patients who are experiencing lower lumbar pain. This chiropractic technique involves lower velocity stretching of the joints and muscles.
Most types of treatment involve some form of manual manipulation or spinal manipulation, also known as a chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic adjustments can correct misalignments and reduce joint restrictions in the spine and other joints. This will improve the function of the nervous system and the affected joints, allowing the organs, muscles, vertebrae, and joints to function as they should.
Using manual therapy a chiropractor will gently thrust, stretch, and apply pressure as they see fit until the body is properly aligned. With improved spinal health, nervous system function, and joint mobility, the body is better able to manage the symptoms caused by lower back pain.
Causes of Lower Back Pain
One of the most common causes of acute low-back pain is putting unnecessary strain on the back by participating in activities such as lifting heavy objects. This can cause damage to the spine and may lead to inflammation and swelling of the facet joints. Disc injuries and strains to the lower back are two of the most common causes of back pain that we see at Advantage Chiropractic.
Medical conditions such as spinal cord stenosis and other chronic conditions can also cause severe pain.
Common causes of low back pain include:
- Spinal cord stenosis
- Sacroiliac joint sprain
- Disc degeneration
- Auto accident injuries
- Sports injuries
- Work-related injury
- Poor posture
- Not using proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects
- Muscle strain
- Excess body weight
- Nerve compression
When the proper location or movement of the vertebrae has been disrupted, inflammation can occur, followed by lower back pain. This is a very common injury that can result from a hard impact such as a motor vehicle accident.
A herniated disc can bulge and place extreme pressure on the nerves. The pain can also impact other areas of the body, such as the legs.
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains are common in overexertion and sports. Tendons and muscles that have been pushed beyond their limits can result in lower back tightness, swelling, and tears. Fortunately, this common type of injury can be easily managed with proper chiropractic treatment.
Acute pain in the lumbar region is a common complaint from people who have desk jobs. Sitting hunched over a computer at a desk for several hours a day can cause the muscles in the back to weaken, resulting in pain and discomfort.
Joint Degeneration and Strains
Chronic pain in the lower back is sometimes caused by damage, such as joint degeneration and joint strains, or by abnormal spinal function. The symptoms usually begin as a dull ache, progressing to severe, sharp pain over time. The problem with lower back pain is that it usually feels the same, regardless of the underlying cause. That’s why an accurate diagnosis is crucial.
People experiencing long-lasting back pain may also suffer from painful muscle spasms, which is the body’s way of protecting the back from further damage. This can cause people to believe that the problem is muscular, however, the cause of the spasms is often due to injured joints. Other pathological causes of pain, such as fractures, infections, and tumors, must be ruled out before chiropractic treatment can begin.
Chiropractic Care Offers Effective Treatments for Pain Relief
The intense pain associated with lower back conditions often prompts people to seek invasive surgeries or use over-the-counter pain relievers, muscle relaxers, or harmful pain meds. However, chiropractic care takes a holistic approach that promotes healing and pain management, without the use of powerful opioids or invasive procedures.
When Should I Seek Chiropractic Care?
If you're experiencing pain and discomfort, you should seek chiropractic care as soon as possible.
In some cases, lower back pain can be prevented, and seeking chiropractic care can help ease the pain and get you back on your feet. Things like regular chiropractic care, exercise, activity modification, and being mindful of your posture while sitting and standing, can help reduce or prevent back pain.
If your back pain has persisted for more than a week, if the pain is severe, or if the pain extends past the lower back, into the legs, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with an experienced chiropractor.
Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment
After seeking treatment from one of our skilled medical professionals at Advantage Chiropractic, you may experience:
- Improved range of motion
- Natural pain management
- Improved flexibility
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved sleep
Keep in mind, you may need to see your chiropractor two to four times a month, to achieve your wellness goals, depending on the underlying cause of your back pain. Additionally, routine visits can be the best way to prevent injuries and back pain in the future.
While lower back conditions can cause severe pain, many causes can be effectively treated with chiropractic care. A modest adjustment and repositioning of the pelvis can provide significant relief.
Additional care can include:
- Strategically placed cold packs
- Heat therapy
- The use of specialized techniques
- Ergonomics awareness
- Manipulation therapies
- Detailed stretching regimens
- Light activity during treatment
Rather than mask the symptoms with potentially addictive medications or perform risky surgery, at Advantage Chiropractic, we offer our valued patients a natural pathway to improved health and well-being.
Contact Advantage Chiropractic Today to Schedule an Appointment
People who suffer from repeat episodes of low back pain usually find that maintaining healthy spinal function and following an exercise program that's designed specifically for them can effectively reduce the prevalence of low back pain episodes in the future. If you or a loved one are struggling with lower back pain, chiropractic care provides a safe and effective way to manage your pain and heal. Your first step on your path to wellness and a pain-free life is contacting Advantage Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment.