Low back pain can be a debilitating condition that affects many parts of our lives. Low back pain can interfere with your work life, home life, exercise routing, and your overall health. Low back pain is the 2nd leading cause of disability among adults in the United States! In fact, at least 80% of the population will experience an episode of low back pain during their lifetime! If the cause of low back pain is not addressed, it can lead to future problems and possibly end in a need for surgery. Seeing a chiropractor is a great way to treat most causes of low back pain! Common causes of low back pain include:
- Muscle strain
- Ligament Sprain
- Disc Herniation and Sciatica
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Facet Syndrome
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
- Spinal Canal Stenosis
- Foraminal Stenosis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Referred pain from internal organs
- Inflammatory Arthritis
- Compression Fracture
- Piriformis Syndrome
What Is Causing Your Back Pain?
Identifying the source of the issue is an important first step for your care. Not all conditions will respond to the same types of treatments. If the incorrect course of action is taken, the length of time to full recovery is highly exaggerated and the cost associated with care can become incredibly higher. More importantly, i f the cause of low back pain is not addressed, it can continue to cause additional damage, lead to future problems, and possibly end in a need for surgery.
To understand the source of low back pain, a basic understanding of the anatomy of the back is vital. There are many structures in the low back that can become inflamed, irritated, or damaged. As one of these structures begins to fail, the surrounding structures compensate to maintain stability and functionality. This can lead to poor biomechanics and increase the risk of further injury.
Here at Marty Chiropractic & Wellness in Lakeville, we perform an in-depth examination to truly understand the scenarios that aggravate your condition so that we have a full understanding of the cause. This examination typically consists of range of motion, testing muscular and core strength, orthopedic testing, and other examinations as needed. If warranted, we will refer out for the proper imaging to view the structures we believe to be involved. Imaging most often consists of x-rays, CT scan, or MRI depending what we are expecting to discover. Most cases of low back pain can be treated effectively with conservative care!
Chiropractic Treatment For Low Back Pain
Once we have a full understanding of your low back pain, we can focus treatment at the root of the cause. We will often begin with procedures that manage the inflammation to the area. This may include cryotherapy, Electrical Muscle Stimulation, Therapeutic Ultrasound, and Kinesiotaping. Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations will be utilized to restore proper neuromuscular function and to create proper biomechanics. As the tissues heal, soft tissue mobilization techniques may be added to improve connective tissue function by disrupting myofascial adhesions and promotion fibroblast production. Once you are out of acute pain, home treatment will include rehabilitative exercises and stretches to help maintain proper function and prevent future injuries. Depending on the severity of the cause, co-management with other healthcare professionals may be necessary to provide relief and create an improvement in day to day function so that you can live at the highest possible potential.