Your lower back is designed to provide strength, flexibility and support to your upper body. So it’s no surprise that your lower back is highly sensitive to injury and pain from everyday life. Lower back pain can occur from a wide range of causes, and the pain can vary in severity. Lower back injuries may be mild and annoying and eventually work up to being severe and debilitating. In fact, lower back pain is the most common complaint among Americans. Achy and dull pain, burning, or spasms in your lower back shouldn’t be ignored because at any time the mild pain can become a debilitating injury.
Almost everyone will experience back pain at some point in their lives. In the majority of situations, the pain is centered in the lower back, and as many as 10 percent of people with lower back pain develop chronic pain. Your lower back is a primary target for pain because it bears most of the strain and stress of daily life, and the weight of your upper body also puts a lot of stress on your back. Your spine works to support all of your upper body weight and is made up of over 30 vertebrae. Between each of the vertebrae are spongy pieces of cartilage known as spinal discs that help to absorb impact, keep your spine aligned and prevent the vertebrae bones from rubbing together.
If your spine is misaligned, these discs can herniate, which happens when the cushiony filling of the disc pushes through the outer portion of the vertebrae. When this happens, it can put extensive pressure on the nerves running through your spine and cause extreme pain. Discs can also wear and shrink, often due to lost moisture that occurs with age, which leads to a condition known as degenerative disc disease. When a herniated or slipped disc in your lower back puts pressure on the nerve, it can cause extreme pain, numbness, or tingling that radiates to the buttocks and down your leg in a condition known as sciatica.
While degenerated or damaged discs are most often the cause for lower back pain, there is a wide range of other conditions that may also lead to pain in your lower back, including:
Chiropractic care can be the ideal way to manage and relieve pain and swelling caused by lower back pain. Chiropractic care allows you to receive back pain treatment that is a safe, noninvasive and nonaddictive alternative to prescription medications. One of the most common ways a chiropractor can help is through a technique known as adjustments. When your spine is misaligned, it can make moving difficult, cause significant pain or cause impairment in nerve function. A chiropractic adjustment can be done either manually or with the help of specialized tools. In addition to relieving your pain, your chiropractor can relieve muscle stress around your spine, help increase your range of motion and improve your muscle strength in the lower back. Chiropractic techniques for lower back pain may include:
If you are struggling with lower back pain that impacts your daily life, seeing a chiropractor is a safe and effective way to manage the pain. Chiropractic treatment is a natural way to treat many forms of back pain, including lower pain in the back resulting from a slipped disc or spinal misalignment. In many situations, the best way to manage lower back pain is by adopting lifestyle changes, such as changing your diet and incorporating regular exercise into your daily routine. Your chiropractor can provide a range of recommendations for lifestyle changes that will be beneficial for decreasing back pain.
Contact Cultivate Chiropractic today to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care for lower back pain and to schedule your consultation.
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