Low back pain is one of the most common complaints among chiropractic patients, and also among the top reasons for missed work in the United States. In fact, 75 to 85 percent of all people will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime. Common causes of low back pain include problems with the facet and sacroiliac joints, as well as disc problems. Chiropractic care can be a conservative treatment for all of these.
If the low back pain is a problem with the facet joints or the sacroiliac joints it is considered a mechanical low back pain. However, if the problem is disc related, it is considered discogenic low back pain. The more common problem is the mechanical low back pain. This is due to the spine being out of the proper alignment or position. As chiropractors, we call this misalignment a subluxation. Often times when the spine is subluxated, there is pressure on the nerves in the low back which cause the low back muscles and ligaments to become tight or go into spasm. This is a lumbar spine sprain or lumbar spine strain.
Chiropractors can use gentle adjustments to begin realigning the spine and take pressure off of the nerves that travel to the muscles in the low back. Over time, each adjustments builds on the previous and the correct posture begins to return. We will usually recommend a low back spinal supports to aid in the recovery process for as well. A lumbar spinal support will help maintain the proper posture as well as provide you with home exercises to do at home. By receiving proper chiropractic spinal care, can prevent you from having to take unnecessary medications or receive unnecessary surgeries.