Pain of any kind is a signal that something’s amiss. Some people silence their symptoms with a pain reliever and ignore the message. Eighty percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. In fact, it is estimated that low back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10% of all people experience frequent bouts of low back pain.
Why Do People Get It?
The susceptibility of the low back to injury and pain is due to the fact that the low back, like the neck, is a very unstable part of the spine. Unlike the thoracic spine, which is supported and stabilized by the rib cage. This instability allows us to have a great deal of mobility to touch our toes, tie our shoes or pick something up from the ground, but at the cost of increased risk of injury. As long as it is healthy and functioning correctly, the low back can withstand tremendous forces without injury. Professional powerlifters can pick up several hundred pounds off the floor without injuring their low back. However, if the low back is out of adjustment or has weakened supporting muscles, something as simple as taking a bag of groceries out of the trunk of their car, picking something up off the floor, or even simply bending down to pet the cat can cause a low back injury.
There are many different conditions that can result in low back pain, including: sprained ligaments, strained muscles, ruptured disks, trigger points and inflamed joints. While sports injuries or accidents can lead to injury and pain, sometimes even the simplest movements, like picking up a pencil from the floor, can have painful results. In addition, conditions such as arthritis, poor posture, obesity, psychological stress and even kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss can lead to pain. Due to the fact that there are a whole lot of things that can cause low back pain, and some of those things can be quite serious if left untreated, it is important to seek professional help. Chiropractors are the experts at diagnosing the cause and determining the proper treatment for low back pain.
Treating Low Back Pain With Chiropractic
Chiropractic treatment for low back pain is usually pretty straightforward. Most commonly, it’s simply a matter of adjusting the lower lumbar vertebrae and pelvis to re-establish normal motion and position of your bones and joints. Chiropractic for the low back has been repeatedly shown to be the most effective treatment for low back pain. In fact, major studies have shown that chiropractic care is more effective, cheaper and has better long-term outcomes than any other treatment. This makes sense because chiropractic care is the only method of treatment that serves to re-establish normal vertebral motion and position in the spine. All other treatments, such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest, only serve to decrease the symptoms of the problem and do not correct the problem itself.
The most common types of chiropractic treatments used to alleviate lower back pain are spinal manipulation, decompression and manual adjustments. These help to align the spinal column so the brain and body can communicate properly and cells, tissues and organs can be encouraged to heal on their own, which helps to decrease pain. Which methods are used and how long it takes to have an effect can depend on the cause and needs. Many appreciate chiropractic care for its holistic approach without the use of medications or invasive surgery. In addition to these methods, results can be achieved through massage and physical therapy or other lifestyle modifications such as diet and exercise. Trying to maintain better posture, understanding lifting techniques and examining sleep patterns can also help to treat pain.
Benefits Of Chiropractic Care For The Lower Back
- Alleviate pain and discomfort
- Lowered inflammation
- Increased range of motion
- Better flexibility
- Improved muscle tone and strength
When To See A Chiropractor For Lower Back Pain
There are three different kinds of pain classifications: acute, subacute and chronic. Pain classified as acute lasts less than a month, subacute pain lasts over a month but less than three months and chronic pain lasts longer than three months. If pain has lasted over 3 days, it may be time to consult a trained physician. It is possible that an underlying condition is causing lower back pain and needs to be corrected. Chronic pain may take a bit longer to treat but can be treated with the help of an individualized plan that is created according to your specific needs.
Harbourside Chiropractic In Jupiter Florida
Harbourside Chiropractic and Rehabilitation has been Jupiter Florida’s first choice for Chiropractic Care, comprehensive Physical Therapy and overall wellness since 2011. Dr. Brogna and the staff at Harbourside Chiropractic provide their clients with the most advanced non-surgical options to eliminate lingering pain issues, heal injuries, increase athletic performance or simply just feel better in their overall health.
At Harbourside Chiropractic and Rehabilitation chiropractic care is often combined with physical therapy and massage therapy techniques to help relieve the musculoskeletal complaint as quickly and easily as possible with the minimum amount of discomfort for the patient. Dr. Brogna uses a procedure called a “spinal manipulation” to correct these misalignments. The manipulation restores joint mobility by applying a force into the joints that have become “stuck” or “restricted.” This force restores their proper movement and allows healing to occur. Oftentimes these misalignments occur due to a number of different circumstances. It can be an injury, stress, or even poor posture. This misalignment can start with a specific activity like lifting something too heavy to repetitive stresses such as sitting in an awkward position with poor posture for an extended period of time. The injured joint/tissue/muscle undergoes changes when injured including inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the person suffering. Manipulation of the affected joint and tissue restore mobility which alleviates pain and muscle tightness allowing the joint/tissue/muscle to then heal.