Your low back pain can be cared for by Vancouver’s Zenaptic Chiropractic. Dr. Troy Dreiling offers chiropractic care for all types of back pain and you can get started with a free consultation. Simply call 360-718-9661 to get started.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans are living with low back pain at any point in time. While chiropractors treat more than just back pain, this is one of the leading reasons that patients visit our office, as people are often seeking relief from this pervasive condition.
Low Back Pain Causes
Low back pain can be caused by a variety of factors, and it is important to identify the underlying cause of the pain in order to come up with the most appropriate treatment plan.
- Lumbar herniated disc. When a spinal disc degenerates, the inner core can leak through the out portion of the disc, resulting in a herniation. The main symptom associated with this type of back injury is sciatica, which involves pain that travels to the foot, leg, and buttock, and it is typically only felt on one side of the body.
- Degenerative disc disease. When the lumbar discs found between the vertebrae start to break down, a damaged disc can result in instability and inflammation in the lower back. This can lead to low back pain, muscle spasms, and back pain that tends to worsen with sitting.
- Isthmic spondylolisthesis. Isthmic spondylolisthesis will occur when a vertebra of the lower back moves forward and onto the disc space found below it. Symptoms include pain that radiates into the buttocks and thighs, a tired feeling in the legs, and pain that improves with sitting.
- Sacroiliac joint disease. This condition can occur if there is too little or too much movement of the sacroiliac joint, which connects the sacrum to the hip on each side. Symptoms include pain in the lower back and hips, back pain that worsens when sitting, but might feel better when reclining, and the need to change positions frequently in order to relieve pain.
- Back muscle strain. A strain of the back muscle or ligament is one of the top causes of acute low back pain. This may be caused by twisting, lifting a very heavy object, or a sudden movement that results in stretching of the ligaments of muscles. Symptoms include difficulty standing or walking, dull and aching pain, and potentially severe muscle spasms.
Low Back Pain Analysis and Treatment
To start an analysis of your low back pain, your doctor or chiropractor will begin by getting an up-to-date medical history, including reviewing your symptoms, physical activities, and work. A physical exam will also be performed in order to rule out potentially serious causes of your low back pain. If your pain lasts for six weeks or longer, a diagnostic test may be used to better understand the cause of your pain:
- Spinal X-ray. A spinal X-ray will take a picture of the spine, and it can find diseases or injuries that affect the joints or discs in the spine. This may include bone spurs, disc disease, infections, or fractures.
- MRI. An MRI can discover changes in the spine to better identify the cause of low back pain.
- CT Scan. A CT scan will take a more detailed look at the spine, and it can find herniated discs, fractures, and narrowing of the spinal canal.
- A chiropractic adjustment, which may also be referred to as a spinal manipulation, manual manipulation, or chiropractic manipulation, is the common therapeutic treatment plan for lower back pain. Adjustments typically involve:
- A high velocity arm thrust that is applied onto a vertebra
- An accompanying and audible release of gas caused by the release of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and oxygen, which releases pressure in the joint
- A sensation of relief
- The goal of this type of chiropractic treatment is to reduce subluxation while increasing range of motion, improving function, and reducing nerve irritability.
While spinal adjustments can be useful in the treatment of lower back pain, they aren’t the only procedures that chiropractors can employ to help with symptoms, as there are many other drug-free approaches to dealing with pain:
- Mobilization. Chiropractic mobilization will refer to low velocity movement, manipulation, and stretching of the muscles and joints, with the objective of improving range of motion in those areas.
- Massage. Massage can be used on the soft tissues in order to reduce inflammation and swelling associated with back pain while improving circulation. This can promote quicker healing.
- Exercise. Flexion, or extension based exercises, can improve mobility in the lower back, as can exercise that strengthen the pelvic stabilizing muscles.
Low Back Pain FAQ
Are chiropractic adjustments for low back pain safe?
Chiropractic care is known for being one of the safest non-invasive and drug free therapies available for the treatment of back and neck problems. When performed by a licensed chiropractor, spinal adjustments are extremely safe.
Can you treat a slipped disc?
Technically, it isn’t possible for a disc to slip. A disc is a pad of cartilage that is found between the spinal bones, and because of the way it is attached to the vertebrae, both above and below, it can’t “slip.” However, injury or trauma to the spine can cause a disc to herniate, bulge, or tear. This can be very painful, as pressure will be put onto the spinal cord and adjacent nerve roots. Chiropractic care can be very successful at treating these conditions and can help patients to avoid dangerous pain medications and an unnecessary surgery.
We offer a variety of chiropractic techniques aimed to improve your low back pain, regardless of whether your discomfort is caused by degenerative disc disease, a herniation, a back strain, or any other condition. Not only can we provide chiropractic adjustments to relieve your pain, but we can also offer other chiropractic solutions to improve your quality of life.
If you are living with low back pain, today is the day to take the first step in feeling good again. If you are in the Vancouver, WA or Portland, OR areas, please call us at 360-260-6903 to set up your free consultation.