From time to time, most people experience some low back pain. It’s not uncommon because the lower back supports most of the body’s weight. Sadly, we often hear questions about sources of low back pain only after medications and back exercises failed to adequately treat the problem.
When these remedies for low back pain fail to relieve the symptoms of pain, it can be helpful to consult a chiropractor. Chronic lower back pain can be a result of many spinal conditions, including herniated discs, facet disease, bone spurs, degenerative disc disease and sciatica. Lower back pain can also be the result of a sports injury or vehicular accident. Symptoms can include radiating pain, numbness, tingling or loss in range of motion. Bending and stretching may be limited by low back pain.
Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation to properly align the body’s musculoskeletal structure to enable the body to heal itself. They use a high-velocity, short lever arm thrust to improve functionality and reduce nerve irritation. Manipulation is used to restore mobility and helps heal injuries to tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Sometimes, chiropractic treatments are used in conjunction with traditional medical treatments. Some chiropractors use prolotherapy or sclerotherapy to treat low back pain. These therapies involve injections of anesthetic or sugar water to strengthen the ligaments in the back. In addition to treatments in the office, chiropractors recommend specific back exercises to be done at home and advise patients of proper ergonomics for daily activity.
Chiropractic treatment is a popular choice for many Americans. Approximately 22 million Americans visit chiropractors every year. Chiropractic treatment has a high success rate, and many patients are able to live life again pain free.
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Dr. Kate Gerber & Dr. John Gerber