Lower back pain is extremely common. 80 percent of Americans have had (or will have) a severe lower back pain episode in their lifetime. Back pain is responsible for hundreds of millions of lost workdays every year. Even the most simple tasks seem impossible when the back muscles are in spasm. Relationships and home life can suffer as well. The good news is that you don't have to let lower back pain win, nor do you need surgery or medications to stop it. Chiropractic care can help!!
Is there a reason why so many people suffer from low back pain?
The lower back supports a great deal of our body weight. Those that are carrying too much body weight or neglect regular exercise are more prone to back pain. An acute injury can damage strain muscles, sprain spinal ligaments, dislodge vertebrae, or damage the discs of the lower back. Chronic lower back pain can be the result of constant or repetitive strain from a musculoskeletal imbalance or poor posture.
Chronic lower back pain often stems from the normal aging process.
Years of gravitational stress or repetitive bending and lifting can cause your spinal discs to flatten and bulge, straining vertebral joints, and pinching major nerve roots. (In the lower spine, pressure on the sciatic nerve can cause leg pain as well as lower back pain.) Arthritis is another deep rooted cause of chronic pain and can develop as the body attempts to stabilize areas of previous injury.
Chiropractic Adjustments can deliver immediate relief
A skilled chiropractor can often prevent lower back pain sufferers from needing surgery or other extreme measures. Your doctor can identify the spinal dysfunction that might be causing or worsening your symptoms. Gentle, precise applications of force, either manually or through the use of instruments, can shift spinal components back into their proper position, releasing compressed nerves and taking the unnecessary strain off of muscles.
Chiropractors often combine other forms of non-invasive treatment to enhance the effectiveness of these lower back adjustments. For example, you may receive a comprehensive treatment plan that includes some combination of chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy, massage, and home exercises to help you strengthen your lower back, improve your flexibility, and minimize the risk of future back problems.