Eight out of ten people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives, and it is one of the most common health complaints. Pain in the lower back can become unbearable if not taken care of properly. It can be acute and can last many years. Chronic low back pain is defined as lasting three months or longer. Chiropractors work with people with low back pain whether it is a new experience or a source of chronic pain.
It is well known that chiropractic adjustments help alleviate low back pain. Chiropractic specializes in the spine and nervous system, and it is completely natural. Chiropractors are trained in the management and prevention of low back pain.
There is more and more evidence supporting chiropractic’s effectiveness and health-care cost benefits compared to conventional medicine’s approach, which often leads to drugs, needle injections, and ultimately surgery. Chiropractic is much safer than surgery, needle injections, long periods of bed rest, or medications. Surgery is usually unnecessary and should only be considered when conservative methods fail.
What causes low back pain?
There are many causes such as sudden injury, impact to the spine, or repetitive motions and postures. Many people would gauge that their low back pain is due to a bad mattress, excess weight, or genetics. While these may play a role in the person’s low back pain, there are cases when the cause cannot be pinpointed.
Often people will “throw out” their back from a simple and seemingly harmless maneuver such as picking up a piece of paper, or the pain can seem to appear “out of nowhere.” In these cases it is often the case that the problem has been developing in the individual’s body silently.
Back pain can be caused by any problem with any of the structures in the spine. The skeleton of your body has a purpose to protect your brain, spinal cord and organs. When it is out of alignment, it can strip you of better health and well-being. This is why it is incredibly smart to have your spine checked regularly by a chiropractor.
How does Chiropractic Help with Low Back Pain?
Chiropractors work to reduce any interference to the natural nerve flow in the low back through specific spinal adjustments. When the low back spinal nerves are aggravated, they can cause muscles to malfunction, tighten, or spasm.
Chiropractors check for proper motion of the spinal joints. If any one level is stuck out of position, it can affect that entire area of the body. It can compress the spinal cord as well as spinal disc. When this occurs, the individual may or may not experience stiffness in the joint and surrounding muscles. A chiropractor works to restore normal motion in the joints which will help restore normal nerve flow in the low back.
Chiropractors are very good at reducing low back pain, but what’s even more fun is making sure that pain doesn’t happen in the first place! We find it easy to follow a wellness model with dentistry-we go to a dentist to keep your teeth healthy to prevent problems. This wellness model should be used with your spine as well.
If you or someone you know has been suffering from low back pain, we are here to help you! We encourage you to call our office and take advantage of a FREE consultation.
Dr. Sara Hillesheim is a chiropractor at Relief Plus Chiropractic in Minnetonka, MN. She is dedicated to helping as many people as possible achieve a lifetime of health and wellness. We are located at the intersection of County Road 101 and Minnetonka Boulevard. Call today! (952)681-2863