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If lower back pain is interfering with your ability to work, go to school, or take care of your family, you are not alone. About 8 out of 10 adults experience low back pain at some time in their lives, according to the National Institutes of Health. In fact, lower back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and is a leading cause of missed work time. Your back plays an important role in your health and well-being, but injury and illness can cause lower back pain and other symptoms. Fortunately, chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for lower back pain.
Your back is a complex musculoskeletal structure. Your spine is made of 33 bones, known as vertebrae, stacked upon one another like a deck of cards to provide maximum mobility and flexibility in your back. Lower back pain is associated with the lowest five vertebrae.
Between each vertebra lies a rubbery disk that acts like a cushion to prevent the bones of your spine from grinding against each other. Ligaments hold your vertebrae in place while your tendons attach your muscles to your spinal column. Nerves emerge from the spinal cord then branch out to the rest of your body. These nerves pass pain messages to your brain.
Lower back problems are usually mechanical in nature, meaning pain is the result of poor function of the bones, muscles, and connective tissue in the back rather than a chemical imbalance. Many mechanical problems occur over time, which can take its toll on your musculoskeletal system. Spondylosis, a medical term for age-related wear and tear to the joints, disks, and vertebrae, is a common cause of low back pain. Disk degeneration may occur over time, which allows the bones of the spine to grind against one another..
Sprains and strains are common causes of acute back pain. Sprains and strains often occur as the result of twisting, lifting something heavy, overstretching, or using improper lifting techniques. These movements can also trigger painful spasms in your lower back muscles. Sports injuries, car accidents, and falls can also cause lower back pain.
A herniated or ruptured disk occurs when one or more disks becomes compressed and bulges outward. The bulging disk can press against nerves, stimulating the nerve to send pain signals to the brain. Misalignment of the vertebrae can also cause lower back pain by causing pressure on nearby muscle tissue and nerves.
Chiropractic treatment is a safe and effective approach to alleviating lower back pain. Chiropractic spinal manipulation reduces pain, decreases the need for medication, and optimizes the benefits of physical therapy. Spinal manipulation is free from side effects, drugless professional treatment that can reduce the need for surgery.
Chiropractic care focuses on realigning the vertebrae, reducing pressure on disks, and preventing nerve activity that leads to pain.
If you suffer from low back pain, make an appointment for chiropractic care.