Lower back pain is one of the most common health complaints of all. This type of pain may vary in intensity and have a variety of causes, but it’s always unwelcome. When severe, back pain can cause you chronic discomfort, prevent you from enjoying your favorite activities and cause you to miss time from work. While conventional medicine usually treats back pain with drugs or surgery, chiropractors use natural and non-invasive methods. After examining you and determining the best type of treatment, our chiropractors can help with areas such as lumbar sprain recovery, lumbar strain treatment, speeding post-surgery recovery and more.
Causes of Lower Back Pain
If you’re experiencing lower back discomfort, you’re not alone. Studies indicate that 80 percent of the population experiences this problem at some time or another. For some people, unfortunately, it’s a chronic or recurring issue. Lower back pain has many causes.
Sports injuries. If you play sports or exercise regularly, this can cause injuries to the spine. Many types of movements can be responsible, such as lifting heavy weights, swinging a bat or golf club or tennis racket or jumping to sink a basket while twisting your body in an awkward manner.
Lifting a heavy object such as a piece of furniture.
Repetitive motions performed at work or around the house, such as operating machinery, digging or shoveling snow.
Poor posture. Over time, incorrect posture can cause back pain and misalignment.
A fall or sudden impact, such as a car crash.
Obesity. Being overweight puts extra pressure on the lower back.
Regardless of why your back hurts, our chiropractic treatment can help you relieve pain and hasten recovery time.
How We Help You Find Relief
We typically perform spinal manipulation in which the spine is gently aligned into the proper position. However, we also use a variety of other treatments as well, including ultrasound therapy. We also recommend certain therapeutic exercises to help you heal faster. At Accident and Sports Injury Clinic, we also offer other therapeutic services such as acupuncture and massage therapy to facilitate healing. This allows us to recommend the ideal treatment for your particular issue, as all lower back problems are a little different.
Many injuries involve lumbar strain, when the muscles in the lumbar spine are stretched or torn out of position. If your back pain came about after a sudden movement, fall or injury, this is one of the likely culprits. One of the best types of lumbar strain treatment is a spinal manipulation in which the chiropractor gently adjusts the spine and helps you heal faster. A lumbar sprain is more serious than a strain and often even more painful. In this case, the ligaments are actually torn from their attachments. Like a strain, this can occur either from an injury or gradually moving the body in a way that causes gradual deterioration. Chiropractic care is also very effective at facilitating lumbar sprain recovery.
Lower back discomfort can also be caused by a variety of other conditions as well, including lumbar disc bulge, sacroiliac sprain and pain following back surgery. Each case is slightly different and chiropractors are trained to use the right type and amount of force to promote healing in a safe manner.
Types of Back Pain
Lumbar Strain - pulling, tearing or partial tear of the muscles in the lower back or lumbar spine. Ice, ultrasound therapy and even manipulation are appropriate. These can be the big muscle or the deep "core" muscles.
Lumbar Sprain - this is a tear, pull or disruption of the lumbar ligaments - these may take more time due to swelling and the disruption of the supportive structures.
Lumbar Facet Syndrome - muscles, ligaments and deep bruising of the lumbar facets. Pain with leaning back, feels a little better with slow bending forward. Can become chronic and also may be associated with disk degeneration or disc narrowing.
Sacroiliac Sprain or Strain - pain in the upper buttocks - off to the sides, one side or the other, sometimes both sides. Can radiate into the buttock, side of the hip and or groin. Difficult to put on shoes, can be mild to severe. Responds very well to chiropractic treatment, doesn't respond well to medications.
Lumbar Disc Bulge or Herniation - leg pain is often associated. Pain below the buttocks and can go into the feet and toes. Numbness and tingling can occur. If down the back of the leg it is called Sciatica.
Post surgical lower back pain - following surgery to the lower back, the segments of the spine that are above or below the surgical sites can degenerate. Treatment can be effective but these cases are all different from one another and must be evaluated by a trained chiropractor with experience in this area.
We have 3 chiropractors that have years of individual and combined experience. We can determine if we can be helpful.