Lower back pain is one of the most common cause people have for visiting the chiropractor. It’s also the most common cause of job-related disability. Muscle sprains or strains due to sudden movements or poor body posture while lifting are the most common causes of low back pain.
- Lower back pain can also stem from certain diseases such as:
- Herniated disc
- Spine Infections
- Cancer of the spinal cord
Acute back pain lasts from a few days to a few weeks, while chronic back pain can last for three months or longer. Chronic back pain can last forever and only a reduction in pain is possible.
Low back pain typically affects people ages 30 to 50. The changes at this age include a reduction in the fluid in the vertebrae causing irritation more easily. At this age you also lose muscle tone which makes the back more susceptible to injury.
What are the causes of lower back pain?
Torn muscles and ligaments in the back due to excess activity can cause the lower back to stiffen and spasm.
Sciatica occurs when the disc presses on the sciatica nerve. The spine and the legs are connected by the sciatica nerve. Sciatica can cause a burning or pins and needles pain in the legs and feet.
Once again with age comes an increased risk of injury. A herniated disc occurs when the surrounding cartilage presses against the spinal cord nerve roots. The cushion between the vertebrae extends outside its natural position. This is often referred to as a slipped disc or ruptured disc.
Abnormal spine curvatures
Lordosis, Scoliosis, and kyphosis are all conditions that cause aberrant curvatures in the spine.
These conditions are usually first diagnosed during childhood or adolescence. The aberrant curvature causes pain and poor posture because it places pressure on:
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal column, placing weight on the spinal cord and spinal nerves. It is typically due to decaying of the discs between the vertebrae. This results in a compression of the nerve roots.
Pressure on the spinal nerves can cause symptoms such as:
You may feel these symptoms anywhere in the body and they can get worse when walking or standing.
Other conditions that cause lower back pain include:
As your Huntington Beach Chiropractor, Dr. JP performs spinal adjustments to help patients reduce back pain. Spinal adjustment is a technique used to realign the spine and thereby reducing pressure on the spine. This reduction in pressure on the spine can speed up the healing process considerably.
Medical History Evaluation
Your Huntington beach, neck pain specialist Dr. JP will administer a comprehensive physical exam and medical history to ascertain the source of your neck pain.
Custom Treatment Plan
After identifying the source of your pain, Dr. JP will create a custom treatment plan focused on your specific condition and pain reduction.
Chiropractic adjustments alleviate pressure on the central nervous system, promote spinal health and improve overall health. Adjustments are particularly effective for providing neck pain relief and managing chronic neck pain caused by spinal injury or herniated disc.
Dr. JP will also recommend a therapeutic exercise program to promote the reconditioning of soft tissue ,and muscles necessary to support good posture and injury prevention.