Lower back pain is a common reason why people seek chiropractic care at Love Chiropractic Center. In fact, it is a common problem affecting millions of Americans at any given time and a leading cause of missed workdays. Many times, chronic back pain (persists beyond three months) is linked to issues affecting the spine. Our Concord and Harrisburg, NC, chiropractor can examine you to determine whether you can benefit from chiropractic adjustments.
Common Causes of Lower Back Pain
Pain mostly affects the lumbar vertebrae, the most flexible part of the spinal column in the back. Labor work involving repetitive use of the lower back or heavy lifting increases the risk of injuries such as muscle or tendon strains, ligament sprains, and herniated discs. Prolonged sitting at work, poor work ergonomics, pregnancy, uneven foot arch, and obesity are other risk factors.
Health conditions often responsible for chronic pain include sciatica, spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia, as well as:
- Nerve root compression
- Spinal tumors or infections
- Degenerative disc disease
Back pain intensity ranges from a dull, lingering ache to a sharp, shooting, or burning pain. It can begin suddenly from an accident or over time. Muscle spasms or stiffness in the low back may occur. Sciatica causes pain to radiate from the low back to the hip, buttock, or leg. Numbness or a tingling sensation is also common.
How Our Chiropractor Diagnoses and Treats Lower Back Pain
We encourage patients to treat back pain early to avoid trouble with moving and performing daily functions. One of our Concord and Harrisburg chiropractors will do a physical exam, medical evaluation, and spinal x-ray to diagnose your pain. Additional tests such as a discography, CT scan, or MRI may be required. The results will help us recommend the right treatment. Non-invasive options include spinal manipulation and wellness therapies for musculoskeletal pain.
The spine is adjusted by gently mobilizing and manipulating the surrounding structures into alignment. This helps enhance or restore joint and nerve function, reduce inflammation, and improve pain. The technique and level of force used will depend on the underlying problem. The overall goals are to enhance or restore joint function and reduce pain and inflammation.
Manual wellness therapies include acupuncture and dry needling for relieving muscle pain, tension, and stiffness. Trigger point therapy also provides relief for complaints such as fibromyalgia. We also encourage patients to exercise, improve their diet, and practice good posture to keep away back pain.
Low Back Pain Relief by Our Concord and Harrisburg, NC Chiropractor
Had enough of nagging back pain that does not go away with painkillers, exercise, or physical therapy? Did your doctor recommend surgery and you are looking for a natural alternative? Visit Love Chiropractic Center. Call 704-784-1711 to schedule an appointment today.