What Causes Lower Back Pain?
Your low back is a vulnerable area, constantly under the
strain of supporting your upper body. Poor posture,
injuries, wear and tear, hereditary weakness, or excess
weight gain can cause a variety of painful low back
Your low back is one of the three natural curves of your
spine. It that area lacks strength or flexibility, your
entire back loses support. This can put pressure on
joints, nerves, and disks.
Can Chiropractic Help?
Your doctor of chiropractic looks at your overall health
- focusing not only on your low back, but also on your
lifestyle. This integrated approach helps determine the
best treatment for your problem.
To help identify the cause of your problem, you and your
chiropractor will discuss your symptoms and previous
injuries, your family's health history, and your
lifestyle, including recreational and work-related
Physical, orthopedic, and neurological tests can reveal
the condition of your low back and the rest of your
spine. Static and motion palpation tests check for
tenderness, muscle spasms, and your back's range of
motion. This gives your chiropractor clues to the cause
and extent of your low back problem.
As "blueprints" of your spine, x-rays can reveal
misalignments, fractures, arthritis, hereditary
malformations, or other problems. Additional tests will
be done, if necessary.
Based on the examination and findings, your doctor of
chiropractic may recommend an individual treatment
program to realign your low back, relieve muscle spasms,
restore motion, and reduce pain. If needed, your
chiropractor will also consult with other medical
specialist about your condition.
How Does a Chiropractor
Treat Lower Back Pain?
Your doctor of chiropractic is uniquely qualified to
restore the health of your spine. Special chiropractic
techniques may relieve the pressure that is causing your
low back pain.
After locating the misaligned vertebrae in your back,
your chiropractor manually applies gentle pressure and
repositions the vertebrae. These adjustments can help
restore alignment, improve mobility, and relieve pain
Your chiropractor may recommend other types of treatment
for strengthening your low back muscles and relieving
tension and pain. Those treatments may include moist
heat, ice packs, traction, or stretching and
strengthening exercises. Your chiropractor can discuss
these with you.
What Can I Do To Keep My
Back In Shape?
Boost your back health and overall health by using good
posture, staying active, eating right, and taking time
to relax. Talk with your chiropactor about excerises for
strengthening your back.
When you lift or move, keep your back in mind.
When lifting, bend your knees and keep your back
straight. Hold the load against your body. Lift up with
your leg muscles rather that your back muscles. Don't
twist to the side when you lift.
Just as you need regular dental exams, you also need
regular spinal exams. Even if you don't have sysmptoms,
chiropractor care is one of the best ways to help
prevent spinal problems. Your docoter of chiropractic
can help you and your family maintain healthier lives
free of low back pain.