How Chiropractic Care Can Help In Treating Lower Back Pain

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Back pain is an extremely common problem and will affect the majority of us at some point during our lifetime. Although back pain can affect any part of this area of our body, most patients find that the discomfort they experience is situated in the lower part of their back, also known as the lumbar region. Some types of back pain are merely a discomfort, but the patient can manage to fulfil their daily obligations. However, some people may find that their back pain is completely debilitating, preventing them from their recreational activities and even going to work. In fact, back pain is one of the most commonly cited reasons for time off of work and costs businesses billions in lost revenue each year. Many patients also find themselves reliant on pain medications to help manage their condition – something which is really not good for their long-term health.

If you have been suffering from an episode of lower back pain, or you recurrently experience discomfort caused by problems with your lower back, you could obtain the relief you so desperately need by opting for chiropractic care.

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care is the name given to a type of treatment that does not involve medicine, but instead focuses on the natural ability of the body to heal itself, and in particular, musculoskeletal problems which are almost always based around issues with the spine. Chiropractors perform a series of movements, known as chiropractic adjustments, that are intended on bringing the spine back into alignment. In doing so, pain will be relieved, and the patient will benefit from improved overall wellbeing.

Many patients make the mistake of ceasing chiropractic treatment the moment that their back pain has gone. However, in many cases the issue appears again a few days or weeks later. This is often because treatment was not fully complete and further manipulations may have been needed to move your spine into total alignment. Even after the initial phase of treatment is complete, your chiropractor may recommend a series of ‘maintenance’ visits to ensure that you experience a positive long-term outcome to your treatment.

Trained and experienced chiropractors also provide information on what preventative measures you can take to help reduce the likelihood of experiencing further back pain. This could include lifestyle changes and physical exercises. With proper chiropractic care, you could not only have your current back problem treated but you could also protect yourself from further lower back discomfort.

Causes of lower back pain

The lower back has a vitally important role in helping to support the weight of our body, as well as allowing us to bend, rotate, flex and twist so we have full range of motion. However, this also makes it susceptible to injury and medical problems. Lower back pain is rarely anything serious. Nevertheless, it isn’t always easy to determine what has triggered it. Unfortunately, in many instances the exact cause of lower back pain is never identified and instead the problem just disappears – at least for a while.

If you have suffered an accident or injury, such as being involved in a road traffic accident or a slip or fall, you may experience lower back pain as a result of a sprain or strain. Sometimes lower back pain is caused by a medical condition, such as a slipped disc, sciatica or scoliosis.

While it may not be possible to pinpoint exactly what has caused your back pain, your chiropractor can certainly help to relieve it and restore function and mobility to your spine once more.

If you are experiencing lower back pain and you would like to know more about how chiropractic care may help you, please don’t hesitate to contact our Scottsdale, AZ to make an appointment with one of our experienced practitioners.