Low Back Pain
Low Back Pain is probably the most common symptom seen in
a chiropractic office. Have you ever had pain doing the simplest
of activities? Perhaps you were bending over to pick up a young
child or even something as light as a newspaper. How about when
you reach across your bed to straighten out the blanket or when
you change positions from sitting to standing? Have you ever
gotten back pain after driving for a period of time? All of
these actions and many, many more very common activities can
help aggravate lower back conditions. It is easy to know how
your back got hurt if you lifted heavy boxes, or worked very
long hours bending and twisting. These are obvious causes.
However, the more common causes are the everyday activities that
we perform. Even though they don't feel painful, they cause
“micro traumas” to our spine. That is, they cause little
irritations that, over a long period of time, end up causing
significant changes to our spinal structure, and in some cases,
Is lower back pain really a serious problem?
First of all, if it makes life more difficult for you, that's
serious in itself. Even if it goes away in a few days, you
haven't really gotten rid of the problem. It will most likely return and, if left untreated, could be more debilitating the
next time…which is why we recommend seeing a chiropractor at the
first sign of back pain.
Lower back pain can also be accompanied by a variety of
symptoms, some of which indicate very serious problems. Do you
currently have or have you ever had:
Leg pain with numbness,
tingling and/or weakness?
Back or leg pain with
coughing or sneezing?
Difficulty standing up
after sitting for any period of time?
Pain after extended
Pain in the hip, buttock,
thigh, knee or foot?
If you've answered "yes" to any of these symptoms, it's time
you got help from a doctor of chiropractic.
Chiropractic treatment typically consists of physical therapy to
help reduce the muscle spasm and tightness, and the chiropractic
adjustment which helps restore normal spine and nerve function
to the affected areas. Also, ice therapy (cryotherapy) is used
to help reduce swelling. It is important in most cases to avoid
the use of heat therapy such as a heating pad on the lower back
as this causes increased swelling and eventually more pain.