Lower Back Pain: Understanding the Root Cause and Seeking Treatment
If you are experiencing lower back pain, you are not alone.
Lower back pain can range in severity and really take a toll on your day-to-day life if left untreated.
With this type of pain, seemingly simple tasks like going to the shops, driving in a car, or sitting at your desk can turn into excruciating events- or even impossible.
Even though lower back pain is a common ailment for people- it can be tricky to identify the root cause and treatment plan for your specific circumstance.
In this article, we will be discussing some of the possible causes of lower back pain and the safest, least invasive treatment options that you can explore.
Are you ready to live a pain-free life?
Then keep reading!
Common Root Causes for Lower Back Pain
Just a little bit of stress on the back, spine, spinal cord, and the surrounding nerves can add up to cause discomfort and even acute or chronic low back pain over time.
If you are experiencing low back pain, here are just a few different issues that may be happening.
Sometimes, people can trace their back pain back to an exact event.
A muscle strain can happen in your back when you lift something heavy, twist your spine the wrong way, fall down, or have an impact-related sports injury.
While a muscle strain can cause immediate low back pain- this type of low back pain can be treated and will likely subside.
Issue With Your Spinal Discs
Your spinal discs act as a shock absorber for your spine, a Ligament that helps hold the spine together and also gives some mobility to the spine.
Many of us have heard of the term “slipped disc” before, which has become kind of a broad term for many back pain issue’s but more specifically refers to injury to the spinal disc’s that can cause anything from the tough outer annulus of the disc to bulge outward all the way to the inner nucleus of the disc herniating or extruding out between the fibres of the annulus.
This can irritate or inflame the surrounding tissues giving local pain in that area or can affect the spinal nerves which can result in pain, numbness or even weakness where that nerve travels often either the arms or legs
You may experience acute pain when it comes to a spinal disc issue, but it can also create chronic pain.
Another issue involving your spinal disc is what is known as degenerative disc disease. This will often happen due to poor biomechanics, old injuries and repetitive stresses that accumulate damage and deterioration to the discs of the spine.
If you experience any of these issues, there are treatments that can help!
Be sure to get plenty of rest if you are experiencing lower back pain and seek treatment as soon as possible.
For many individuals, the root cause of their lower back pain is caused by osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a condition where the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones begins to break down over time.
This condition can affect your spine, causing low back pain, but it is also prevalent in joints such as hips, knees, and wrists.
If you are experiencing low back pain due to osteoarthritis, there are multiple treatment options available to you. Be sure to speak with your primary care physician to create a plan.
Seeking Treatment for Lower Back Pain
By the time you are experiencing chronic lower back pain, it is likely that the root cause of the pain has been building up for some time.
When you start to notice back pain- do not wait to seek treatment. While some of our bodily ailments do go away over time, back pain is not something that you should wait on.
But where should you go?
Who can help?
The first person many people talk to about their acute low back pain is their primary care physician.
However, an even better specialist to see regarding back pain would be a licensed chiropractor.
Seeing a Chiropractor for Chronic Low Back Pain
If the cause of your chronic low back pain is caused by a musculoskeletal issue, then chiropractic care is a safe, effective, and non-invasive solution you can seek.
A chiropractor is an expert in the skeletal system. They have the tools and education to properly identify the root of your low back pain so that you can create a treatment plan that will help you.
If you have not been to a chiropractor for back pain before, it is normal to be a bit nervous.
Adjustments that chiropractors do to help alleviate back pain can look like it might be painful.
This could not be further from the truth!
Chiropractors are trained in skilled adjustments to help improve the biomechanics of your spine over time so that you can live a life free of lower back pain.
All you may feel during an adjustment is a small “pop” or a “crack,” and then a sense of relief. It should not be painful at all!
Healing from Chronic Back Pain
With chiropractic care, it isn’t all just about adjustments either.
Chiropractors will work with you to create a long-term plan that may include one or a combination of all the following treatments:
- Specific Chiropractic Adjustments
- non-surgical Spinal Decompression
- Physical Therapy rehabilitative exercises
- Manual soft tissue therapies
Find a chiropractor that has excellent communication and a long-term plan to help you lessen your low back pain.
A great treatment plan is one that works to improve poor biomechanics in the spine and body before working towards giving you the tools, exercises and advice that can help you to help yourself more and more. You and your chiropractor should be able to map out a path where you are on the road to self-management and healing your back pain!
Lead a Life Free of Low Back Pain
With ongoing chiropractic treatment for your chronic back pain, you can begin to see results a live a life that is pain-free.
For most musculoskeletal issues, a chiropractor can not only help eliminate your discomfort but help you on your road to healing as well.
Going a step further, you should not have to rely on constant chiropractor visits to manage your low back pain. An excellent chiropractic facility will give you the tools you need to transition from treatment-focused solutions towards self-management.
With this approach, you will be able to manage your low back pain on your own and visit the chiropractor for less frequent adjustments.
A life free of lower back pain is a life of freedom.
By taking action today, you are one step closer to eliminating lower back pain!
Treatment at Elite Spine Centres
At Elite Spine Centres, we use the Functional Correction Method, or FCM, to treat both the cause and the symptoms of your lower back pain. Our FCM approach combines chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapies and rehabilitative exercises to restore the proper biomechanics of the spine, joints and soft tissues which will allow for proper healing and improved function.
Dr. Michael Bryant, doctor of chiropractic and member of the Alliance of Chiropractic (AOC) Singapore, graduated summa cum laude from Life University in Atlanta and received several distinctions, as well as completing additional coursework and NBCE certification in physiotherapy. Michael Bryant is the founder of Elite Spine Centers. Read more about Dr. Mike here.