Back Pain

Low Back Pain: A Noninvasive Approach

Today, low back pain is one of the most common health problems affecting Americans. Leading factors contributing to low back pain include:

  • Occupational stresses and strains
  • Traumatic work injuries
  • Injuries during recreational activities
  • The sedentary nature of our modern lives

Surgery, injection therapy, and pain medication are commonly used to treat this problem. But these treatments have proven ineffective for many people, who continue to suffer low back pain long after the procedure or intervention. Thats why people turn to chiropractors. Read on to learn more about this pervasive (and often debilitating) condition and how it can be treated using noninvasive means.

Condition Information

Almost everyone at some point experiences low back pain that interferes with work and cherished recreational pursuits. Low back pain can keep you from performing the activities that create meaning in your life, such as playing with your grandchildren, sharing a round of golf with your friends, or practicing your favorite musical instrument. Low back pain, though often experienced uniquely from person to person, can be divided into two general categories: acute and chronic.

Acute back pain usually lasts from several days to several weeks and is most commonly caused by:

  • Low back trauma from a sports injury
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Injuries experienced around the home
  • Injuries sustained during work

Chronic low back pain is pain that persists for 3 months or longer. This health problem usually is progressive (though often treatable) and the underlying cause may be more difficult to determine.

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Causes & Symptoms

The list of possible low back pain causes is long, but some conditions that cause this health problem occur more frequently than others. Common causes of low back pain include:

  • Joint dysfunction (fixation or restriction)
  • Muscle strains
  • Intervertebral disc herniations or bulges
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Osteoarthritis

If you have low back pain, you may experience one or more of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Dull, achy, or stabbing pain in your affected area
  • Muscle spasms (ranging from mild to severe)
  • Decreased spinal flexibility
  • Inability to bend or twist without discomfort

Lower Back Pain Treatment

A conservative, noninvasive approach is often effective in treating low back pain.

Next Steps

Schedule a free consultation with Total Vitality and his team to get more information and we can help treat the specific underlying cause of your low back pain.