Chiropractic Care for back pain
The lower back where most back pain occurs includes the five vertebrae (referred to as L1-L5) in the lumbar region, which supports much of the weight of the upper body. The spaces between the vertebrae are maintained by round, rubbery pads called intervertebral discs that act like shock absorbers throughout the spinal column to cushion the bones as the body moves. (1)
About 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. Approximately 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives. Worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability, preventing many from engaging in work as well as everyday activities. (2)
what are some causes of back pain?
Sprains & strains
Sprains/strains account for most acute back pain. Sprains are caused by over-stretching or tearing ligaments, and strains are tears in tendon or muscle. Both can occur from twisting or lifting something improperly, lifting something too heavy, or over-stretching. Such movements may also trigger spasms in back muscles, which can also be painful.
injury & accidents
An injury from playing sports, car accidents, or a fall can injure tendons, ligaments or muscle resulting in low back pain. Traumatic injury may also cause the spine to become overly compressed, which in turn can cause an intervertebral disc to rupture or herniate, exerting pressure on any of the nerves rooted to the spinal cord. When spinal nerves become compressed and irritated, back pain and sciatica may result. If you have back pain that is a result from a car crash, please click HERE to learn more.
The most common mechanical causes of low back pain, and it occurs when the usually rubbery discs lose integrity as a normal process of aging. In a healthy back, intervertebral discs provide height and allow bending, flexion, and torsion of the lower back. As the discs deteriorate, they lose their cushioning ability. Herniated or ruptured discs can occur when the intervertebral discs become compressed and bulge outward (herniation) or rupture, causing low back pain.
A condition caused by compression, inflammation and/or injury to a spinal nerve root. Pressure on the nerve root results in pain, numbness, or a tingling sensation that travels or radiates to other areas of the body that are served by that nerve. Radiculopathy may occur when spinal stenosis or a herniated or ruptured disc compresses the nerve root.
A form of radiculopathy caused by compression of the sciatic nerve, the large nerve that travels through the buttocks and extends down the back of the leg. This compression causes shock-like or burning low back pain combined with pain through the buttocks and down one leg, occasionally reaching the foot. In the most extreme cases, when the nerve is pinched between the disc and the adjacent bone, the symptoms may involve not only pain, but numbness and muscle weakness in the leg because of interrupted nerve signaling.
A condition in which a vertebra of the lower spine slips out of place, pinching the nerves exiting the spinal column.
A narrowing of the spinal column that puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves that can cause pain or numbness with walking and over time leads to leg weakness and sensory loss.
A curvature of the spine that does not usually cause pain until middle age; lordosis, an abnormally accentuated arch in the lower back.
at revolution chiropractic…
Each patient’s needs are different and a thorough evaluation is completed before a recommended course of chiropractic care can be determined. If needed, high-resolution digital x-rays are taken onsite, personalized nutrition recommendations given, and specific exercises prescribed.