Lower back pain originates in the lumbar spine. It may cause persistent discomfort or reduced mobility and should be treated early before it leads to disability. Painkillers, steroid injections, and opioids are traditionally used to treat this type of pain.
However, our chiropractor at Family Chiropractic & Wellness can effectively treat and alleviate the pain using non-medical or non-surgical techniques. Clients in Clifton Park, Mechanicville, Malta, and Latham continue to benefit from this type of chiropractic care.
What is the Lumbar Spine?
The lumbar or lower spine is a flexible structure that supports the upper body and allows waist and hip movements. It consists of nerves, bones, joints, and soft tissues such as muscles and ligaments. But it's flexibility makes it prone to injury.
Common Causes of Lower Back Pain
- Injury due to a fall or auto accident
- Poor posture sitting or standing
- Poor workplace ergonomics
- Lifting heavy objects
- Muscle strains, sprains, or tears
- Herniated or bulging discs
- Medical conditions, e.g., scoliosis or sciatica
- Compression of the nerve root in the lower spine
- Intervertebral disc degeneration
- Persistent or off and on pain
- Pain is dull and aching, sharp, or stabbing
- Pain radiates to the hips, buttocks, legs, or feet
- Tissue inflammation
- Numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness
- Prolonged sitting or standing worsens pain
Diagnosing Pain in the Lower Back
Our licensed chiropractor, Dr. Terry, uses technologically advanced methods and tools to make a diagnosis. A physical examination is standard. It includes direct spinal palpations, assessing reflexes, and checking joint and muscle strength. X-rays and lab tests may also be performed to diagnose the cause of the pain.
How our Chiropractor will Evaluate and Treat Your Pain
In addition to a physical examination, Dr. Terry will ask about your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. A treatment plan is then tailored to match your individual needs and may include nutritional counseling to help improve your overall health.
Chiropractic adjustments such as spinal manipulation using special instruments is commonly used to realign the spine. Controlled traction is applied to take the pressure off compressed nerves or bulging discs and improve pain. Cold or warm temperature therapy may be applied to the affected area to relax muscles and relieve pain.
Call to make an appointment
Pain in the lower back can persist and become chronic or severe. Dr. Terry of Family Chiropractic & Wellness has years of expertise treating pain in the lower back using techniques that provide long-lasting relief. She uses state-of-the-art tools and technology to provide the highest quality of care. Several chiropractic treatment sessions may be required to get you optimum relief.
We currently serve clients in Clifton Park, Mechanicville, Malta, and Latham. Call (518) 357-3262 today to schedule an appointment.