Low Back Pain
Eighty percent of people
suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the second
most common reason for visits to the doctor's office, outnumbered only by
upper-respiratory infections. In fact, it is estimated that low back pain
affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10% of
all people experience frequent bouts of low back pain.
The susceptibility of the
low back to injury and pain is due to the fact that the low back, like the
neck, is a very unstable part of the spine. Unlike the thoracic spine, which is
supported and stabilized by the rib cage. This instability allows us to have a
great deal of mobility to touch our toes, tie our shoes or pick something up
from the ground, but at the cost of increased risk of injury.
If the low back is out of
alignment or has weakened supporting muscles, something as simple as taking a
bag of groceries out of the trunk of their car, picking something up off the
floor, or even simply bending down to pet the cat can cause a low back injury.
researchers believed that back pain would heal on its own. We have learned,
however, that this is not true. Recent studies showed that when back pain is
not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return. It is
important to take low back pain seriously and seek professional chiropractic
care. This is especially true with pain that recurs over and over again.
The Causes of Low Back
There are many different
conditions that can result in low back pain, including: sprained ligaments,
strained muscles, ruptured disks, trigger points and inflamed joints. While
sports injuries or accidents can lead to injury and pain, sometimes even the
simplest movements, like picking up a pencil from the floor, can have painful
results. In addition, conditions such as arthritis, poor posture, obesity,
psychological stress and even kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or
bone loss can lead to pain.
Due to the fact that there
are a whole lot of things that can cause low back pain, and some of those
things can be quite serious if left untreated, it is important to seek
professional help. Chiropractors are the experts at diagnosing the cause and
determining the proper treatment for low back pain.
Treating Low Back Pain
Chiropractic treatment for
low back pain is usually pretty straightforward. Most commonly, it's simply a
matter of adjusting the lower lumbar vertebrae and pelvis to re-establish
normal motion and position of your bones and joints.
Chiropractic for the low
back has been repeatedly shown to be the most effective treatment for low back
pain. As noted in the May, 2009 issue of Consumer’s
Report for low back pain, chiropractic was the most sought after form of
treatment. In fact, major studies have shown that chiropractic care is
more effective, cheaper and has better long-term outcomes than any other
treatment. This makes sense because chiropractic care is the only method of
treatment that serves to re-establish normal vertebral motion and position in
the spine. All other treatments, such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed
rest, only serve to decrease the symptoms of the problem and do not correct the