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My Aching Back:  Chiropractic Care for Back Pain

Sometimes the simplest movements can lead to excruciating low back pain.  From rigorous exercise to bending over to pick something up, back pain can strike at any time.  The spinal column protects the communication system of the body.  Every message controlling the bodies’ voluntary and involuntary movements is sent from the brain, down the spine and throughout the nervous system.  Thus, the back should be treated with great care when painful symptoms arise.

 

Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

 

Low Back Pain is one of the most common disabling conditions existing in the world today.  More people lose time from work or experience significant difficulties from this condition.  Sometimes the condition develops from repetitive movements, work injuries or other types of trauma, like car accidents.  However, other times, the causes are unknown.  Studies show that pain primarily radiates from the following areas:

  • Radicular pain- Low back pain generated from the nerve root
  • Facet Joint Pain- Pain between two vertebrae in the spine
  • Sacroiliac Pain- Pain in the joint that connects the sacrum to the pelvis
  • Lumbar Stenosis Pain- Degeneration of the spine in the lumbar region
  • Discogenic Pain- Damaged or degenerating discs in the spinal column

 

Should I See a Doctor for Low Back Pain?

 

Living with lower back pain can be difficult and hinder a person’s ability to enjoy everyday activities.  Consulting with a traditional physician is certainly one viable course for treatment.  Doctors may conduct a general physical exam, order x-rays or other scans, recommend physical therapy and prescribe pain medications to help patients find relief.  In some cases, depending upon specifics, they may refer patients for surgical consultation for fusion of vertebrae or other more invasive techniques.

 

What is Chiropractic Care?

 

Chiropractors are doctors trained specifically in the treatment of disorders and diseases related to the alignment of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.  The idea behind chiropractic care is that every function in the human body is controlled by the spine.  Thus, every disorder or irregular message is transmitted through the spinal column.  Correcting any misalignments allows the body to use its own natural healing capabilities to correct disorder and illness in the body.

 

Can Chiropractic Care Help My Back Pain?

 

Chiropractic care offers therapies and treatments that allow your body’s own natural systems to work more efficiently.  Your chiropractor will conduct a full evaluation, take x-rays and develop an individualized treatment plan that is right for you.  Spinal Adjustments, massage and other therapies like rehabilitative exercise may be prescribed to help restore healthy mobility.  By aligning the spine properly, inflammation is reduced.  Often, this leads to immediate relief of painful symptoms.  Chiropractors also work with you to develop wellness routines like exercise and nutrition to provide support for overall health and wellness.  The bottom line for your chiropractic care team is optimal health instead of merely treating symptoms temporarily.

 

Specialized Chiropractic Care for Low Back Pain

 

Don’t continue suffering with low back pain.  Our team at Rittenhouse Square Chiropractic cares about your health and wellness.  If your quality of life is impacted by pain radiating through your lower lumbar region, call for an appointment.  Our team is happy to conduct a screening and determine the correct course to get you back into the stream of life.