Are You Experiencing Lower Back Pain?
Low back pain is the number one cause of disability worldwide, 80% of the world’s population will experience lower back pain at least once in their lifetime. Through either acute trauma or repetitive strain joints in the low back can become restricted in their movement leading to a cycle of stiffness, aching, joint inflammation, and pain.
Our Eugene chiropractors are expertly trained in diagnosing and treating low back pain. Chiropractic treatment for lower back pain is recommended initially, before trying medical treatments like pills, injections, or surgery.
There are a variety of different factors that can lead to low back pain. Commonly, low back pain is caused by prolonged sitting for work, repetitive strain from your job or hobbies, lack of exercise, and joint dysfunction.
Other causes of lower back pain can include disc bulges or herniations, ligament or tendon sprain, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, or arthritis. Weakness or deconditioning of the supporting muscles of the spine, compensatory movement patterns, and repetitive movements all increase the risk of low back pain.
Often dysfunction is present long before you feel any lower back pain, it is usually the last symptom to show up.
In your initial appointment, a thorough history and exam will be performed to arrive at the correct diagnosis. If indicated x-rays may be taken for further evaluation. A personalized low back treatment plan will then be provided to you which may include chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and spinal rehabilitation along with lifestyle modification advice.
Commonly, back pain is caused when joints become restricted in their movement leading to a cycle of stiffness, tightness and joint inflammation. Pain is usually the last symptom to present itself with poor function of the spine caused by deconditioned stabilizing muscles, poor flexibility, or misalignment preceding it. It is often better to be proactive and have your spine evaluated before the low back pain becomes too severe.
It depends - it is important to stay as active as your body allows, but sometimes you need some rest to heal. Prolonged bed rest has been shown to worsen symptoms by deconditioning the stabilizing muscles of the spine. Talk to our expert team of Eugene chiropractors for a personalized low back pain treatment plan.
It is important to have your condition evaluated as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: numbness, tingling, weakness, or shooting pain in the legs or groin, pain with coughing or sneezing, difficultly urinating or defecating. Also, have your lower back pain evaluated as soon possible following any traumatic event – slip and fall, motor vehicle accident, workplace accident, etc.