Low back pain
Are you suffering from low back pain? You’re not alone. Did you know that an estimated 85% of people complain of back pain? It’s such a common issue but is often overlooked. One of the most efficient ways to deal with low back pain is through chiropractic treatment.
Here at Amersham Chiropractic, we believe in educating our audience. So, we’ve put together this blog to help you understand 3 common causes of lower back pain, and how chiropractic treatment can help.
Read on to learn more.
What Is Low Back Pain?
The part of the back that begins below the ribcage is known as the lower back. It is also called the lumbar region. Almost everyone experiences low back pain at some point in their lives. It is one of the leading causes of missed work in the UK. Fortunately, it often improves on its own. But in many cases, the pain can be unbearable and affect your everyday routine. If that’s the case, chiropractic treatment can help immensely. If your low back pain has persisted for a while, a visit to Amersham Chiropractic can help you.
Low Back Pain Symptoms
There are many different ways low back pain can manifest itself. It could be anything from a dull ache to a stabbing or shooting sensation. The pain may make it difficult to move or stand straight. Acute pain is defined as pain that occurs suddenly. It may occur during sports or heavy lifting. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts more than three months. If your pain does not improve within 72 hours, you should see a doctor and start chiropractic treatment.
3 Common Causes of Lower Back Pain
Low backpain can be caused for a variety of reasons. Here are the 3 most common causes of lower backpain:
1. Strains & Sprains:
The most common cause of backpain is strains and sprains. Lifting something too heavy or not lifting safely can injure muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Sneezing, coughing, twisting, or bending over can all cause back strain. That’s why you must always be mindful while working out, or doing any other daily activity. When you’re lifting heavy things, make sure to lift with your legs, and not your back to avoid serious injury.
The other most common causes of lower backpain are fractures and injuries. The bones in the spine can break in an accident, such as a car accident or a fall. Fractures are more likely in people who have certain conditions, such as spondylolysis or osteoporosis.
3. Disk Issues:
The vertebrae are cushioned by discs (small spinal bones). Because of their position in the spine, discs can bulge and press on a nerve. They can also tear (herniated disk). Disks can flatten and provide less protection as they age (degenerative disc disease).
4. Other Common Causes of Lower Back Pain:
Apart from the above three, there are more reasons that can lead to lower backpain, such as:
– Structural Issues:
Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal column becomes too narrow for the spinal cord. A pinched spinal cord can result in severe sciatic nerve pain and lower backpain. Scoliosis (spinal curvature) can cause pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving.
The most common type of arthritis that causes lower backpain is osteoarthritis. Lower backpain, inflammation, and stiffness are all symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis.
Backpain can be caused by spinal tumours, infections, and various types of cancer. Other conditions can also cause backpain. Kidney stones and abdominal aortic aneurysms are two examples.
The vertebrae in the spine slip out of place as a result of this condition. Spondylolisthesis causes low backpain and, in some cases, legpain.
How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help?
The mainstay of chiropractic care is the manual treatment of common lower backpain conditions:
– Spinal Manipulation/Manual Therapy:
A high-velocity, short lever arm thrust is applied to an abnormal vertebra with the goal of improving functionality, reducing nerve irritability, and restoring range of motion in the back. It is also referred to as “chiropractic adjustment.” Chiropractic treatment of lower backpain is extremely effective. Many published guidelines recommend incorporating chiropractic manipulation into the treatment plan early in the treatment of lower backpain.
Chiropractic mobilisation is the manipulation, movement, and stretching of the muscles and joints with the goal of increasing their range of motion. Your chiropractor will use this treatment method to improve your lower back’s mobility, and get it used to movement to avoid strains.
We hope this blog helped you understand the 3 common causes of lower backpain and how chiropractic treatment can help. If you’re facing low back pain, book an appointment with Amersham Chiropractic Centre. Our professionals will be able to help you on your journey towards recovery.