Low back pain ranges from mild discomfort to sharp, debilitating aches. Low back pain can be temporary and resolve on its own, but it can also turn into a chronic condition. Oftentimes, a seemingly small injury becomes worse and causes lifelong back pain. In other instances, regular wear-and-tear leads to muscle spasms, spine or muscle injury and degeneration of the spine. Because low back pain has various acute and persistent causes, it affects many people in different ways. In fact, an estimated 80 percent of people experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Low back pain is also the leading cause of disability across the world.
Am I at risk for low back pain?
As the low back is such an unstable part of the spine, it is predisposed to injury and pain. Common causes of low back pain include:
Car accidents or other acute injuries
Lack of regular exercise
Degenerative disc disease
How can I treat low back pain?
Treatments for low back pain include epidural steroid injections, medication management, massage therapy, physical therapy, dietary change, homeopathic supplements, relaxation techniques, behavioral therapy and acupuncture. Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive and non-addictive alternative to these treatments. Chiropractors treat the underlying conditions responsible for low back pain by realigning the entire neuromusculoskeletal system. Chiropractic adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine, thus reducing inflammation and improving function of the joints and nervous system. After treatment, patients notice reduced pain and discomfort, decreased inflammation, improved flexibility and increased muscle strength. Ultimately, a chiropractor can help patients with low back pain achieve full recovery.