Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is one of the most common physical ailments and almost everyone suffers from the condition at some point in their life. Typically described as pain below the ribs and above the legs, low back pain results from a wide range of causes with a multitude of symptoms. Accelerate Chiropractic specializes in the treatment of lower back pain in individuals of all ages and lifestyles.
An overview of lower back pain:Lower back pain strikes often and is a very common occurrence in the lives of most individuals. The condition is the leading cause of missed work and job-related disability. It is one of the most common neurological ailments, second only to the incidence of headaches. Over $50 billion is spent each year in the United States on the relief and treatment of lower back issues and can lead to more serious conditions without proper treatment. Described as acute, lasting from a few days to a few weeks, or chronic, lasting greater than three months, lower back pain can be a serious detriment to lifestyle regardless of the length of time present. The symptoms and severity can range from a dull ache to extreme pain and vary based on the individual and cause.
Often, lower back pain can be attributed to a clear even such as an injury from improperly lifting or twisting. In other cases, the cause is more mysterious and can present itself suddenly or slowly over time. Some of the most common reasons for low back pain include overuse, strain or injury, aging, arthritis, improper posture, illness, or issues with the spine from birth. It can be present in a small area of the back or over a broad region of the body. Aside from pain, sufferers can also experience muscle spasms, weakness or numbness of the legs, tingling sensations, and it can even affect bladder control. Lower back pain is not considered a disease in itself, but instead is viewed as a symptom of some other event or condition of varying levels of seriousness.
What treatment options are available for lower back pain?When it comes to lower back pain, it is important to visit a specialist to determine how serious the condition or injury causing the trouble may be. Ruling out more serious issues to health and well-being as early as possibly can be instrumental in treatment and early detection of permanent and even life-threatening causes. Thankfully, lower back pain is usually not serious and can be easily and quickly eliminated or improved.
It is also important to discuss your health history with a provider and undergo a physical examination. Because tests such as x-rays and CT scans are not often helpful, your chiropractor or physiologist should be knowledgeable and experienced and they are generally able to recommend a treatment program after the first examination. Rest, proper exercise, and spinal manipulation are generally the most effective treatments of lower back pain. Methods can be implemented to reduce inflammation, restore function, and develop strength which all attribute to recovery. Most instances of lower back pain can be resolved without the need for surgery or other more drastic treatment options.