Is Low Back Pain Keeping You From Doing the Activities You Love to Do?
The American Physical Therapy Association performed a survey on low back pain and found that it was the Number 1 disability for those under the age of 45. Experts say any person has an 80% likelihood of experiencing low back pain at some time in his/her life. That is 4 out of every 5 people! Over 2/3 of back pain is caused by activities such as lifting, pulling and pushing. Only a small percentage of cases are due to serious conditions such as arthritis, fracture, or cancer.
Symptoms of Low Back Pain
When a patient comes to me with low back pain, he often complains of the following limitations:
- Cramps, stiffness, or muscle spasms
- Progressive worsening of pain with activities such as lifting or bending
- Pain at night, especially after sitting for a long time
- Pain or numbness in the low back or lower extremities due to nerve root pressure
Types of Low Back Pain
Usually lasts less than 90 days. Is normally resolved within 4-6 weeks
An episode of acute back pain which returns at a later time. These episodes may become closer together as time progresses.
Consistent low back pain which lasts longer than 90 days.
Causes of Low Back Pain
- Poor physical condition
- Improper sitting posture
- Improper lifting
- Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle
- Trauma from a sports injury, fall, or accident
- Degeneration from daily wear and tear to the spine
- Some diseases such as spondylitis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, etc. can contribute to the pain
A prolapsed disc is often the reason for the low back pain. The discs in our spine are like jelly donuts. Each vertebra is separated by discs with a jelly-like center. When the spine is injured, the discs between the vertebrae can be injured, causing the liquid center to be squeezed out like the jelly would be if you squished a jelly donut. This displaced jelly enters the spinal nerve opening where the nerve exits the spinal column. The canal has just enough room for the spinal cord or nerve, so when something extra enters that area, the nerve roots are put under pressure and cause pain, numbness, or weakness. If this is your condition you may be a candidate for spinal decompression therapy.
Bone spurs can cause back pain. They are not painful in themselves, but when they rub against a nerve or narrow the space for the nerve, they can cause severe pain.
A condition of the spine called facet syndrome can cause pain when you sit up straight or stand. This is caused when the facet joints become inflamed and deteriorate due to injury or just aging. The inflammation can cause rubbing on the joints; this wears out the cartilage and reduces the level of fluid that lubricates them. Bone rubbing on bone can be quite painful.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is a syndrome in which a deteriorating disc causes chronic pain. Even before it is detectable on an MRI, osteoarthritic changes can be occurring. Over time, the outer wall of the discs begin to deteriorate and weaken, and the fluid content decreases. All of these changes can lead to the disc’s inability to handle stress.
Radicular pain—pain which radiates, or moves, along the path of a nerve–is caused when pressure is put on the root of the spinal nerve. (Sciatica is a form of radicular pain.) This often happens because of pressure on a disc because of herniation or because of bone spurs in the spine.
Misaligned vertebrae also known as subluxations cause pressure on the disc, leading to wear and tearing or degeneration of facets and discs, which progresses to spur formation. In these cases, nerve compression is always present.
The first symptom of spinal stenosis can be back pain. As time progresses, the pain can extend further and further down the path of the affected nerve. Spinal stenosis can be congenital, but it is usually due to degeneration as a consequence of aging, local infection, trauma, or surgery. This degeneration causes more stress in the facet joints, which leads to deterioration of the cartilage, and bone spur formation.
Low back injury can lead to issues such as:
- Pain that extends from the back to the buttocks and into the lower extremities
- Pain that interferes with daily activities
- Numbness in the legs, feet, or toes
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
Chiropractor for Low Back Pain
I specialize in the following treatments for low back pain, which may be used individually or in combination to provide easy and convenient solutions for your discomfort:
A gentle process to carefully meet your personal adjustment needs over time. I use many adjusting techniques from non-force to traditional, tailoring the techniques for each patient. Results are measured by exam, not symptoms, as it relates to your health as reported in the Winsor Study. and pain issues. Health insurance, budgets, and family plans are all a part of our healthy chiropractic philosophy of life.
Soft Tissue Chiropractic
Sports injury treatment handles muscle, tendon, and ligament imbalance, scar tissue, hardening, tension, trigger points, and ankylosis with soft tissue techniques. We treat all ages from the elderly down to newborns using muscular spinal fixes.
Electrical modalities may be used for inflammation, pain control, herniated discs, degeneration, bone spurs, sports and car injury, and soft tissue rehabilitation (muscle, tendon, imbalance, scars, hardening, tension, ankylosis).
The AK basics are used to supplement other care. In AK, the main premise is that every organ has a relationship with a corresponding muscle, termed the “viscero-somatic relationship.” (Viscero = organ and somatic = body)
Nutrition Response Testing
Silent causes can lead to recurring or chronic issues. A relatively healthy body can have weakness from deficiencies, toxins, past lifestyle, or immune challenges. Read the article my colleague wrote on Pasteur vs. Bechamp as it relates to toxins even back in the early 19th century.
Exercise & Meditation
Exercises or meditation technique basics assist in maintenance of your body. Acute care skills are for pain management of a condition.
It would be impossible for me to recommend a plan of care without a proper diagnosis. I believe chiropractic, with my experience and proven track record of success in low back pain treatment, is an effective way to reduce and eliminate your pain. Please contact me for a free consultation to discuss your concerns.
Dr. John G. Marone, D.C.