In my experience, lower back pain is the most common reason that patients seek out chiropractic care. The reason for this is because a little over one third of the population is currently experiencing pain in the lower back at any given time. Also, 80% of all adults experience this pain at some point in their lifetime. Considering these two facts, you have to wonder, what is the cause of lower back pain?
The short answer to this question is: it depends. There are a large number of problems that can cause pain in the lower back. For example, the pain can be caused by serious problems, such as prostate disease, kidney disease, or cancer/tumors. It can also be caused by less serious conditions, such as disc lesions, muscle strains, compression of nerves, or facet (spine) injuries. However, the most common cause of this condition is inflammation in the lower back.
How to resolve what can become a debilitating, life changing condition depends completely on the diagnosis of what is actually causing the pain. The best approach to improving the quality of your life and return to wellness is by scheduling a visit with your local chiropractor. Chiropractors are trained in appropriate measures needed to find the cause of this pain. This is accomplished by a number of different strategies, including a review of the patient’s complete medical history as well as appropriate orthopedic/neurological testing.
Once the cause of the pain is determined, an overall program of treatment and prevention strategies (including exercises) is prescribed for the patient. If a particular condition is not addressable using chiropractic treatment methods, then the patient is referred to a specialist for further assessment. In the majority of cases, lower back pain can be addressed by a local chiropractor. In fact, it has been shown through numerous studies that patients who use chiropractic care for lower back pain spend less money and are more satisfied with their care when compared to traditional medicine. So if you are suffering from pain in your lower back, make an appointment with your local chiropractor!
Dr Matthew Kimbrell, D.C.