Lower Back Pain
The lower back supports most of your body’s weight and can withstand tremendous forces without injury. The human body is very durable, and doesn’t have to be treated delicately! Problems arise when joint dysfunctions don’t allow the back to move properly and/or has weakened supporting muscles. Something as simple as picking up a wallet, putting your child in the car seat, or even a sneeze can cause your body to go into spasm and low back pain begins.
Eighty percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office besides the cold/flu. In fact, it is estimated that low back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10% of all people experience frequent bouts of low back pain.
The common belief has been that back pain would heal on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true. Recent studies showed that when back pain is not treated, it might go away temporarily, but will most likely return. This is especially true with pain that recurs repeatedly over several years.
Low back pain may be acute (short-term), lasting less than one month, or chronic (long-term), lasting longer than three months. While getting acute back pain more than once is common, continuous long-term pain is not, as is usually a sign of an underlying problem.
What causes lower back pain?
There are many different conditions that can result in low back pain, including: sprained ligaments, strained muscles, herniated discs, muscles that go into spasm and inflamed joints. When your body is not able to move properly, muscles tighten and can go into spasm.
Chiropractic treatment for low back pain is very effective. Most commonly, chiropractic adjustments of the lower back help re-establish normal motion in the joints. Additional muscle work may need to be done, but that depends on your specific care history and examination.
Chiropractic for the low back has been repeatedly shown to be the most effective treatment for low back pain. In fact, major studies have shown that chiropractic care is more effective, cheaper and has better long-term outcomes than other treatments.