Low Back Pain
Low back pain is a vague diagnosis that could be caused by a variety of different factors. Depending on what structures are affected; low back pain could stay in the low back or it could radiate into the hips, knees, or ankles. At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past 3 months. For some people, back pain can return or hang on, leading to a decrease in quality of life or even to disability. Chiropractic care can help reduce the need for back surgery or prescription pain pills.
Your chiropractor will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause of your pain and the best treatment plan to improve your symptoms. Often times with chronic low back pain, the abdominal muscles and low back muscles are weak and difficult to recruit. Simply stated, the bony spine and discs are surrounded by muscles, and the stronger these specific muscles are, the less stress is placed on the discs and joints of the spine. In other cases, you could have stiff segments in your low back that require mobilizations or manipulations in order to improve the quality of movement and decrease pain. Since there are a variety of different causes of low back pain, your treatment plan will be tailored to your unique needs.