Lower Back Pain Treatment
Lower back pain is the most common type of back pain, and is the No. 2 reason people in America visit the doctor. It is the most common reason that patients come to see our chiropractors here at Tuck Chiropractic Clinic. Lower back pain can be sharp, stabbing, tingling, or burning. Patients also characterize it as a dull, lingering ache that causes stiffness. The pain or numbness may travel down the legs, as well. Lower back pain can also make it difficult to stand upright, since the lower back supports much of your body’s weight.
What causes lower back pain?
Acute or Chronic Pain?
Acute lower back pain can last a few days or a few weeks. Chronic lower back pain is typically defined as pain that has lasted longer than three months.
Acute lower back pain is often caused by sudden injury. It can also be associated with a host of activities, such as lifting improperly at home, excessively strenuous housework or yardwork, repetitive bending, or movements related to a specific occupation. “Weekend Warriors” are particularly susceptible to this kind of back pain. This may be the person who decides to hike a long trail in the mountains, ski, swim, run or bike longer than usual. Sports injuries and other traumas, such as being in a car accident or any other slip or fall can trigger muscle strain or damage the ligaments of the lower back. All of these activities can cause lower back pain.
Chronic lower back pain may be a result of repetitive stress or re-injuring an area repeatedly over a period of time. Chronic lower back pain is very prevalent, and Tuck’s chiropractors have a great deal of experience treating it successfully.
Other Causes of Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain may also be a result of an overly sedentary lifestyle. Sitting for extended periods of time can cause stress to your joints and ligaments, including the spinal and pelvic joints. Long-term stress on the joints and muscles in your lower back may cause pain as well. Weak core muscles cause poor posture, which also can contribute to lower back pain. Most back pain is not caused by arthritis, infection, or cancer, but by simple strain or stress on muscles and ligaments.
Other causes of lower back pain include:
- A ruptured or herniated disk
- Narrowing of the spinal canal, also called spinal stenosis
- Osteoporosis, which can cause compression fractures to the spine
- Scoliosis or other curvature of the spine, often found in children and teens
- Any other pathology of the spine
How to Manage Lower Back Pain:
Make sure you have an ergonomic workstation to reduce strain on the spine and encourage good posture. Our chiropractors can advise you on how to adjust your workstation to benefit your posture.
If you are experiencing painful inflammation, icing for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off relieves soreness.
When your back hurts, the last thing you want to do is move. But staying still can actually be worse for your health, especially if your occupation involves sitting still for long periods of time. Frequent stretching and core-strengthening exercises can help you avoid worsening lower back pain.
If you are constantly on the move at work, make sure you’re using proper lifting techniques and avoid movements that put excess pressure or strain on the spine. Warm up and stretch before strenuous activities.
Hydration and a healthy diet also are important. Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and sleep on a supportive mattress and pillow to minimize spinal stress.
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Our doctors at Tuck Chiropractic Clinic would be happy to show you how to relieve your lower back pain and improve your health and mobility. Please call us at (540) 553-0525 to set up an appointment today. Or you can stop by any of our clinics in Virginia during office hours. Walk-ins are welcome.
If chiropractic care is not the best solution for your symptoms then our doctors will work with you to find the care you need.
Chiropractic Treatment for Lower Back Pain
A common treatment for lower back pain is a spinal manipulation or an adjustment. A chiropractic adjustment restores spine and nervous system function to reduce pain and help with healing. In a recent study, patients who sought chiropractic care for lower back pain improved more and were far more satisfied with their chiropractic care after one month, than those who had sought standard medical care.
Exercises and Stretches
After alleviating pressure and inflammation through treatment, our chiropractors work with you to strengthen the surrounding muscles in order to prevent problems from becoming chronic. Our staff and doctors may also advise you on exercises and stretches to reduce or relieve lower back pain.
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