Eighty percent of people suffer from lower 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 lower back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10 percent of all people experience frequent bouts of lower back pain.
The susceptibility of the lower back to injury and pain is due to the fact that the lower back, like the neck, is a very unstable part of the spine. 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.
As long as it is healthy and functioning correctly, the lower back can withstand tremendous forces without injury. Professional powerlifters can pick up several hundred pounds off the floor without injuring their lower back. However, if the lower back is out of adjustment 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 lower back injury.
Until recently, 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 lower back pain seriously and seek professional chiropractic care. This is especially true with pain that recurs over and over again. Contact our chiropractor for lower back pain relief . . . we can help!
There are many different conditions that can result in lower 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 lower 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 lower back pain.
Chiropractics can provide lower back pain relief, and it 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 care for the lower back has been repeatedly shown to be the most effective treatment for lower back pain. 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 problem itself.