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Chiropractic Care For Low Back Pain

Acute Lower Back Pain Relief

Image of a man holding his lower back in painIf you suffer from back pain, then you know it is terribly debilitating, affecting all aspects of your work and personal life. However, you are not alone. Back pain is one of the most common ailments that plague Americans today.

The lower back is the area most often affected. There is almost no person who is immune from having some sort of lower back pain at some point in their life. Acute low back pain (also called lumbago) is a common musculoskeletal disorder affecting 80% of people at some point in their lives. That’s four out of every five people!

In the United States it is the most common cause of job-related disability, a leading contributor to missed work, and the second most common neurological ailment — only headache is more common. The total costs of low-back pain in the United States—including lost wages and reduced productivity—exceed more than $100 billion per year.

Low back pain can happen anywhere below the ribs and above the legs. The lower back is the connection between the upper and lower body, and it bears most of the body’s weight. So it’s pretty easy to hurt your back when you lift, reach, or twist.

Depending on the cause, low back pain can cause a range of symptoms. The pain may have a sudden onset or can be a chronic pain; it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate to other areas. It may be a dull ache, or a sharp or piercing or burning sensation. The pain may radiate into the arms and hands as well as the legs or feet, and may include symptoms other than pain, such as weakness, numbness or tingling.

Low-back pain is a challenging condition to diagnose and treat. As a result, the public is overwhelmed with advertisements and information on how to treat it. We commonly hear about new, promising drugs that are “proven safe”, only to be eventually removed from the market because they are either dangerous or ineffective. We see full page ads with new surgical techniques with grossly overstated success rates.

So, what is the proven, most consistently effective treatment for back pain, including back pain caused by herniated discs? What does medical research prove to be the best form of treatment? Many will be surprised to learn it is chiropractic care.

Spinal manipulation, the primary form of treatment performed by doctors of chiropractic, is not only gentle, natural, noninvasive and highly effective, has an undisputed track record for safety.
The internet has an abundance of studies which compare chiropractic care to other forms of treatment for low back pain. In our research, we have not found one medical study on the internet that indicates any form of treatment to be superior to chiropractic care.

The greatest advantage chiropractic care has over all other forms of treatment for back pain is that chiropractic treats the cause of back pain rather than only treating the symptoms. In other words, almost all persistent back pain is caused by displaced vertebrae pinching on nerves, which then in turn, cause the adjacent muscles to tighten and spasm.

Chiropractic care realigns the displaced vertebrae which removes the pressure from the nerves and relaxes the surrounding muscles, thus truly eliminating the cause of the pain, with many patients feeling improvement shortly after their first chiropractic visit.

Drugs attempt to hide the pain, leaving the cause uncorrected. They may, however, be needed temporarily at the beginning of chiropractic care.

We have successfully treated countless people with back pain problems, by treating the cause, not the symptoms, often saving them from pain, disability, drugs and surgery.

To schedule an appointment, please contact our office at 612-724-4647.