Chiropractors know; Back pain is one of the most common health complaints, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. Low back pain is the single most common cause of disability in workers under the age of 40. A low back injury can be mild and annoying and work up to severe and debilitating. The total annual costs of low-back pain in the United States, including lost wages and reduced productivity, are more than $100 billion.
The lower back is the area most often affected. For many people, back pain goes away on its own after a few days or weeks. But for others, the pain becomes chronic and lasts for months or years. Low back pain can source from several causes, as well as range in severity. Some of the most common causes of low back pain are disc lesions, disc degeneration and restricted joints.
Lumbar disc lesions or herniations cause pain when the tissues are placed under excessive stress, like a rope that frays when it is stretched beyond its normal limits. Disc pain is not usually the result of just one single event but is due to repetitive overloading.
Your lumbar discs usually manage small stressors well but when these loads become repetitive, they can lead to injury similar to constantly bending a piece of copper wire which will eventually cause it to break. These stressors include: bad postures, sedentary lifestyles, poor workstations, repetitive movements, improper lifting, or being overweight. These repetitive injuries cause your normal healthy elastic tissue to be replaced with less elastic “scar tissue.”
Overtime your discs may dehydrate and thin if they are constantly placed under excess stress, when this occurs it can lead to ongoing pain. Another culprit of low back pain can be from a restricted joint. If you think of a spring that moves freely in all directions when a joint restriction occurs, it is like having a section of that spring welded together. The spring still moves as a whole but a portion of that spring is not functioning. If a joint restriction persists it may lead to increased joint degeneration and arthritis.
Our Chiropractor has seen many patients who elect to forego treatment and “just deal with it” develop chronic low back pain more than 60% of the time. Seeking early and appropriate treatment like the type provided in our office is critical. If your low back pain lasts longer than several days and starts to affect your quality of life don’t wait it out, the sooner you see our Chiropractor the sooner the pain will go away.
Don’t let your low back pain slow you down. At Health In Motion Chiropractic we have many techniques to treat the underlying cause of your low back pain.
Chiropractic care can be a great way to manage and relieve swelling, inflammation and pain caused by low back pain. Chiropractic care provides patients with low back pain treatments that are safe , non-invasive, and non-addictive alternatives to prescription medications or over-the-counter pain medications. These medications are commonly prescribed to patients to help them manage their pain and swelling by their primary care or pain management providers which can have many negative side effects and does not treat the underlying cause.
Below are some of the health benefits chiropractic care and chiropractic adjustments can provide patients with low back pain:
Reduced pain and discomfort
Improved range of motion
Increased muscle tone and strength
Improve disc and joint health
Our approach at Health In Motion Chiropractic is to deliver a gentle, non-invasive therapy to treat the source of your low back pain, not just put a Band-Aid on it. We do this through the Chiropractic adjustment, which reduces joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine, in turn reducing inflammation and improving the function of both the affected joint and nervous system.
By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage symptoms caused by low back pain. We also incorporate therapies such as spinal decompression to successfully treat disc herniations, spinal stenosis, compressed nerves, radiculopathy, and degenerative discs.
Therapeutic massage is another fantastic treatment used in our office to target myofascial restrictions and trigger points brought on by injuries or sedentary jobs.
At Health In Motion Chiropractic we incorporate evidenced-based methods to create the optimal healing environment for your body and spine so that you can get back to being active and live a pain-free life.
To see if chiropractic care is right for your condition, we will perform a consultation, examination and if necessary, refer you out for diagnostic imaging such as x-ray or MRI. Based on the findings of our chiropractic exam, we will come up with the best plan for your condition and possibly co-treat your low back pain with other healthcare professionals if needed.
Call us today at (386)-320-0325 for relief of your symptoms or for assistance in reaching optimal health.