Lower back pain affects over half the population every year. The lower back is an unstable part of the spine and is easily susceptible to pain. While this instability affords us the flexibility to easily bend over, it also increases our risk of injury. If the lower back is in need of adjustment, simple tasks such as tying our shoes can be very painful.
Studies have shown that when back pain is left untreated, the pain may subside on its own; but this relief is only temporary, as it will almost always return because the underlying dysfunction has not been corrected. There are a variety of conditions that can cause pain in the lower back, including strained muscles, ruptured disks, sprained ligaments and inflamed joints. Poor posture, arthritis, obesity, kidney stones, gastrointestinal disorders and stress can also lead to pain in the lower back.
Pain in the lower back may be due to subluxations. A Vertebral Subluxation occurs when one or more of the vertebrae move out of position secondary to injury, muscular imbalances, ligament weakness, or other like causes, and thus create a dysfunctional joint complex. One of the purposes of chiropractic medicine is to identify and eliminate these subluxations.
Herniated discs are another major source of lower back pain. This pain often radiates to other parts of the body. Herniated discs rarely heal completely unless specific treatment is provided to the region such as chiropractic care. If such care is not delivered, further deterioration can be expected.
Strains and sprains are another common source of lumbar pain. Additionally, psychological stress causes the blood pressure to rise and the heart rate to increase. This causes your body to release stress hormones, which in turn causes your muscles to tighten up. Chronic tension can cause muscles to become weakened and sore.
It is important to see a Chiropractor to rule out other medical conditions. Chiropractors are experts in determining the cause of lower back pain and when necessary are the most skilled at administering the proper treatment.
A Chiropractor can adjust the lumbar vertebrae and pelvis, which reestablishes the normal position of your joints and bones, in combination with recommending other therapies to reduce the pain and help stabilize the affected area. This solution offers quick, immediate results and has been proven safe and effective for the treatment of pain in the lower back.