Lower back pain is suffered by so many people that it could almost be termed the universal ailment. Reported as one of the most common reasons for missing work, nagging lower back pain afflicts most people at least once in their lives, and can be temporarily debilitating. Although more common in adults, it can occur in children and teenagers as well.
Characteristics of Lower Back Pain
- Can be experienced as either shooting, stabbing twinges or a dull ache
- Worsens when you bend, lift, sit, stand, or walk
- Is often intermittent, appearing and resolving from day to day, with periods of relief and improvement alternating with worsening pain
- May radiate from your back to your buttocks or hips
- Lower back pain may occur with sciatica, a feeling of numbness, tingling, or weakness which may extend to your foot; this symptom is sometimes seen with a slipped disk
- Limited range of motion in back
- Limited ability to stand up straight
Many people turn to chiropractors for non-surgical, drug-free relief of lower back pain. Chiropractors use spinal and manual manipulation, along with movement and stretching of muscles and joints, to treat a variety of back problems, including lumbar herniated disks and strain caused by overworked muscles. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons acknowledges that some patients report relief with chiropractic manipulation therapy.