Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain (LBP) is a prevalent health care problem in this country.  At the very moment that you are reading this newsletter, at least 25% of the adult population in the United States is suffering from it.  The most common cause of LBP, according to a five-year study of 100 randomly-selected hospitals, include lifting (32%), slips and falls (27%), and twisting movements (4%).

How can a chiropractor help?
Chiropractors perform an in-depth exam to determine the root cause of your pain and then prescribe treatments that are aimed directly at the injured tissues. Treatments include a combination of massage, electrotherapy, ultrasound, and joint manipulation in order to restore normal joint, muscle, and nerve function. These treatments take the stress off of the injured region and allow your body to heal the tissues faster.

How is chiropractic care different from other treatments?
Chiropractors provide drug-free treatments that maximize your body's natural healing capabilities by mobilizing restricted joints ("subluxations"), which promote spasmed muscles and irritated nerves when they are present.

Is chiropractic care the only solution for LBP?
Chiropractors specialize in diagnosing and treating LBP, so they should be your first stop when back pain strikes. But chiropractors regularly work with other healthcare professionals, such as physical therapists and medical doctors, to provide patients with the most effective treatment plan.

Will I be released from care when my pain is gone?
Pain is an important symptom that lets you know you are injured, and it typically goes away as you heal. However, “pain-free” does not necessarily equal “fully recovered.” (Have you ever felt better and then suffered a re-injury?) Your chiropractor is trained to know when your body is fully healed. It is important to continue your treatments until your chiropractor has released you from care.