What is Low Back Pain?

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Low back pain is a major reason for missed work and disability. If you have been told by your doctor that low back pain is self-limiting then you have been misled. Low back pain is treatable with a safe and effective approach including chiropractic spinal manipulation.

Low back pain is the second leading reason reported by patients for visiting a physician.  It is the second leading cause of absenteeism in the work place.  Eighty percent of adults will experience low back pain at least once in their life.

At any given moment, 15% to 20% of the adult population has low back pain.  Tens of billions of dollars is spent annually to care for those with low back pain. The annual cost reaches $100 billion if we include those who are disabled with chronic pain.

The exact cause is oftentimes not known.  It is important to realize that low back pain can be present as a result of a serious pathological condition, but that is rare.  Quite commonly it develops over time secondary to postural stress, lack of exercise and poor dietary habits.

Lack of exercise leads to muscular weakness, muscle fatigue, muscle atrophy and loss of flexibility.  Postural stress leads to muscle tightness and spinal joint stiffness and restriction.

Your body’s normal response to postural stress is the release of biochemicals that initiate inflammation.  Poor dietary habits contribute to an excessive release of biochemicals, which may lead to chronic inflammation and increase your sensitivity to pain.

A truly comprehensive approach in treating low back pain should include eliminating postural stress and addressing the following:

  1. Areas of spinal joint stiffness/restriction.
  2. Areas of muscle tightness.
  3. Areas of muscle weakness.
  4. Chronic Inflammation.

Chiropractic manipulation is the most effective treatment available to correct areas of spinal joint stiffness/restriction.
Physical rehabilitation and exercise are necessary to correct areas of muscle tightness and weakness.
Proper diet and supplementation is the key to addressing chronic inflammation.