Low back pain is an extremely common condition with up to 80% of the population experiencing back pain at some time during the lives. Although the underlying pathology of low back pain is usually not serious, it is an important cause of pain in the community and has considerable impact on the economy due to time taken off work. Whilst the vast majority of patients with low back pain will recover within 6 weeks, a small number will go on to develop chronic back pain and a gradual deterioration of functionality.
Muscle spasms, spine or muscle injury, and degeneration of the spine due to normal wear-and-tear are all common causes of lower back pain. While there are multiple causes, your chiropractor frequently treats the lower back stemming from the following problems:
Spinal joint locking: When joints in the spine are locked, the dysfunction may irritate nerves, which result in pain and inflammation.
Disc herniation: A herniated disc — when the disc bulges out between vertebrae — may not have symptoms, but it usually causes intense pain that radiates down your leg. Herniated discs seldom heal completely, but regular chiropractic care may prevent progressive deterioration.
Sprains, strains, and spasms: Running, gymnastics, sports, lifting a heavy object, over-exercising, and pivoting the wrong way are just a few causes of sprains, strains, and muscle spasms.
Stress: Muscle tension increases when you’re stressed or anxious, which leads to pain, often in the lower back. Then a cycle develops; chronic back pain causes stress, which in turn triggers more pain. Adjustments to the realign the spine may stop that cycle.
Chiropractic treatment of low back pain focuses on restoring function to poorly moving spinal joints, as well as reducing muscle tension and increasing muscle strength. This results in improved movement, reduced pain and deceased nerve irritation.
Treatments are tailored to the individual case usually consisting of spinal and soft tissue mobilisation, core stabilization advice, strengthening exercises, stretching and heat/cold therapy. Please contact us to arrange your comprehensive lower back consultation to help identify the exact cause of your back pain and begin a course of corrective care today!
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