Low Back Pain Cause, Treatment, and Prevention
Are you experiencing frequent low back pains recently? Have you tried all therapeutic options and still the pain won’t go away? Low back pain is a very common symptom experienced by adults and is one of the most common reasons for clinic visit. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, they conducted a survey last 2012 and estimated that 70-90% of people suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives. A disturbing 42.6% of respondents report that they suffer from some degree of disability because of the low back pain. These figures show that it is a common complaint that needs medical intervention.
Source of Low Back Pain
The back is composed of sophisticated structures and interconnected body parts which include muscles, lumbar vertebrae, spinal discs, spinal cord, nerves, and other soft tissues. One or more of these structures could be causing your low back pain. In addition, internal organs of the pelvis and lower abdomen can also cause low back pain. These structures are all considered to come up with the correct diagnosis and determine the appropriate treatment.
Causes of Low Back Pain
Back pain can have many causes; it could be as a result of poor posture or direct trauma. It could be also be a symptom of a disease condition like osteoporosis, disc disease, osteoarthritis, and many more. The pain characteristics would be helpful in determining the exact cause of the low back pain.
Dull type of pain could be due to bone disease, while stabbing or pinching type of pain could be due to an irritated nerve. Constant pain could be cause by muscle injury. Low back pain could gradually develop over time or suddenly develop for no apparent reason. Gradual development of low back pain is caused by muscle fatigue, poor posture, lifting heavy objects, bending, and overstretching. If you’re still bothered with the cause of your low back pain, you can visit our clinic as soon as possible for a through chiropractic spinal evaluation.
How to Manage Low Back Pain
Treatment of the low back pain would depend on the primary cause. Generally, simple and less invasive treatment options are done first before extensive treatment like surgery. Hot or cold packs could be used to relieve the symptom. It offers quick symptomatic relief and aids in mobility. Taking a pain reliever is another treatment option for low back pain. However, medications and compresses only provide minimal or temporary relief of the pain.
Our spinal experts do recommend a range of initially stretching and then strengthening exercises along with a range of home advise such as Traction, the correct pillow while sleeping to support spinal curves and specif postural awareness activities for a more comprehensive treatment program. The above activities are then guided by our spinal specialists to make sure that proper posture, structure and alignment are observed. It is best to seek a through Chiropractic assessment to make sure you get to the underlying cause of your spinal condition. This empowers you to take control of your health and become an active participant in addressing your underlying health concerns.
Low Back Pain Prevention
Keeping your back flexible and strong are the best ways to prevent low back pain. A strong back could be attained with regular stretching and exercise along with proper posture. For people with recurrent low back pain, we do recommend the use of flat shoes with cushioned soles because they decrease the pressure on the back when walking on artificial surfaces.
Avoiding sudden movements like twisting and bending are also helpful in preventing muscle strain. Those with a higher Body Mass Index are also advised to lose weight since a heavier upper body can put undue strain on your lower back. Maintaining the correct posture is also important in preventing low back pain. We do a thorough postural assessment including bilateral weight scales to guide you on changes you may require. Be mindful on how you sit, stand, carry, bend, and lie down because all of these affect yourspine and nerve system.
As mentioned previously stretching and exercise helps in the treatment and prevention of low back pain. However, exercise should be done with your Chiropractors supervision to prevent further injury. Walking, cycling and swimming are great activities that support the back without causing too much strain. Yoga and Pilates can also help improve flexibility and strengthen the back muscles. Stop the exercise immediately if the pain worsens.
Call our office for a thorough spinal assessment which will include:-
• Full Spinal & Postural Examination
• Bilateral Weight Scales Analysis
• Computerised Spinal Scan
• X-rays (if Required)
• Full Report of Findings
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