Low Back Pain
Lower Back Pain Treatment
Usually recurrent and continuous if left untreated, lower back pain tends to develop within individuals who lead sedentary lifestyles, as well as for those who partake in manual labor like construction or warehouse operations.
Lower back pain can be found in any individual, regardless of age, but is mostly found in those who are between 30 to 60 years old.
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The Cost of Lower Back Pain
According to a report offered by Duke University’s Medical Center, researchers found that patients who suffer from lower back pain are responsible for more than $90 billion in annual health-care expenses, of which $26 billion is used for treatment.
When considering the effects of lost productivity and wages due to missed work, medical interventions, limited mobility, and medical rehabilitation, the actual costs are even higher.
Most people who suffer from some form of lower back pain tend to ignore their symptoms in hopes that they will just diminish or completely go away in time. The same study offered by Duke University revealed that 90% of patients who suffer from back pain initially believe that it will disappear on its own, without the support of guided medical treatment.
Unfortunately, 62% of those who experience lower back pain continue to feel some related-symptom for up to 12 months after the original pain is noticed.
Causes of Lower Back Pain
There are a wide variety of reasons why you may be experiencing pain in your lower back area.
From twisting your upper body in positions that exceed its natural or comfortable limits, to continuously hauling heavy objects around without proper rest, the nerves and muscles found in your back are extremely sensitive and vulnerable to stress.
The reality of lower back pain is that the pain itself is a symptom. Pain that arises from other organs may be felt in the back, which is known as referred pain.
Most intra-abdominal conditions — such as:
- Kidney diseases
- Pelvic infections
- Bladder infections
- Ovarian disorders
can create pain that’s inevitably related to your back.
Here are a some of the most popular conditions that force our patients to seek medical treatment:
The central portion of your disc bulges out of the central cavity and is held against your nerve roots. Depending on the type of accident that takes place, anyone can suffer from herniated discs, although most tend to be between the ages of 30 to 40 years old.
Nerve Root Syndromes
This particular condition produces symptoms that are similar to pinched nerves and is often caused by a herniated or bulging disc found between your lower back bones.
Most people who suffer from Nerve Root Syndromes tend to develop Sciatica, which can send sharp, pulsating pain throughout your back area and can even cause your legs to feel numb.
Caused by alterations within your discs, which develop into spinal degeneration.
When this condition is compounded with the onset of some disease, the joints that are found on your lower back can cause your spinal canal to become narrow.
Someone who suffers from spinal degeneration may experience morning stiffness or pain when walking short distances or standing for extended periods of time.
This condition occurs as your intervertebral discs lose volume and moisture over time, which decreases your disc spaces.
Even mild trauma under these circumstances can develop into inflammation and nerve root impingement.
Cauda Equina Syndrome
People who suffer from Cauda Equina Syndrome are actually in the midst of a medical emergency.
This condition develops when disc material within your back begins to expand into the spinal canal, which compresses your nerves. Most patients who experience this condition typically suffer from extreme pain, the loss of physical sensation, and bowel or bladder dysfunction that includes the inability to control urination.
This is characterized by:
- Tenderness and pain that’s spread over your localized areas (trigger points)
- Limited or complete loss of mobility within your involved muscle groups
- Pain that radiates in a characteristic distribution and is restricted to a peripheral nerve
Chiropractic Treatment for Lower Back Pain
Chiropractic mobilization refers to the controlled stretching of your muscles and joints and focuses on restoring the functionality of your lower back area.
Stimulating Your Endorphins
Endorphins are hormones that are naturally produced by your body.
These hormones can be just as strong as any man made pain medication and help prevent pain signals from reaching and registering with your brain.
Endorphins help alleviate:
which are all associated with chronic back pain and tend to cause pain to become more pronounced.
Using Hot and Cold Packs
It’s important not to underestimate the impact of regularly applying cold and hot packs to areas of your body that are especially sensitive to stress to help reduce lower back pain and accelerate the healing process.
Cold therapy has two primary purposes:
- Reduce inflammation
- Serve as a local anesthetic by slowing down nerve impulses, which prevents your nerves from spasming and causing pain
The two primary objectives of heat therapy are:
- It stimulates blood flow, which brings healing nutrients to the affected area of the low back.
- It prevents or slows down the pain signals that are transferred to your brain.
Taking a hot shower, resting in a hot bath, or using a pad that provides continuous, mild levels of heat are all ways to bring healing warmth to your lower back area.
Stretch Out Your Hamstrings on A Daily Basis
One of the most practical things you can do to help relieve lower back pain is to stretch your hamstrings on a daily basis slowly.
Tight hamstrings can add significant stress to your lower back and sacroiliac joints, which can develop or lead to increased pain.
Getting Plenty of Rest
Believe it or not, pain is a leading cause of insomnia and approximately 2/3 of all people who suffer from chronic back pain also experience some sleep disorder.
Not receiving enough sleep on a regular basis can make your lower back pain worse.
Call Our AICA Chiropractors For Immediate Help and Relief
If you are like most of our patients, you have already met with your primary physician who probably recommended some prescription medication and invasive surgery.
If you are not interested in experiencing the type of side-effects that are attached to these kinds of drugs or exposing yourself to the risks of surgery, Chiropractic treatment is your solution.
You can schedule a free consultation with our team of qualified, experienced doctors who are specifically trained at offering pain relief through the application of holistic treatment.
And, Atlanta lower back pain treatment has never been easier.
Yes, we mentioned some work and the hardest work we’ve got for you to do is to make the first call.
If you’ve been in an accident, then you’re number one source for health is going to be AICA. We bring you the healing that you’ve been looking for at a price that you can afford.
That’s because we always bill the at-fault insurance company.
We can also help you with your medical paperwork to ensure that you’re covered when you make a claim, talk to a lawyer, or go to court.
You can’t get that kind of care in a hospital. And you can’t always get this either: Small practitioner perks and hospital level integrated care are all available in our robust AICA network.
It’s all designed to get you the best, fastest, most affordable care:
- Same day appointments when possible
- Quick waiting room times
- Multiple practice areas and doctors
- Physical Therapists
- Free X-Ray when you need it
- MRI available to catch hidden tissue damage
- We bill the At-Fault insurance company first
- We accept multiple insurance carriers
- Easy, custom payment plans if you lack insurance
- We can arrange transport if you can’t move because of your injury
- We’re available 24 / 7
Treating Lower Back Pain With Our Team of Experienced Chiropractors
When you call, we’ll listen to your problem and recommend the best avenue for treatment.
We have great Chiropractors:
Doctors of Chiropractic, orthopedists, physical therapists and neurologists, so the help is here, waiting and ready for you.
And if your vertebrae are compressed, then we might recommend decompression therapy. When your discs are being pushed together, it could be from a lack of muscle mass, poor posture, small fractures in the vertebrae, or if you’re older, osteoporosis.
All of these conditions could occur in the wake of an accident, when you’ve been healing, not moving, and are now beginning to feel the effects.
Our Chiropractors can assess all of these issues.
Say you’re interested in or recommended spinal decompression. It could help not just your distressed lower back, but the pain in your neck and legs; if you’re interested in the nonsurgical route to health, the doctors at AICA are an excellent choice.
The way we can help your back is by targeting it in different sections – the lower back or the upper back – depending on which part needs the decompression.
It may take a few weeks or more, but we can realign your spine with the inverse pressure that can help the discs in your back that are bulging, or even herniated.
The treatment also can disengage them from nerves rooted in your spine and help to alleviate the pain you’ve been feeling.
When the treatment is done, you’ll experience more energy and free movement with the reintroduction of nutrient-rich blood and oxygen to the affected cells in your back, which will help your soft tissue repair, and your nerves are at their best.
The discs in your spine will then have the best chance to reform to their optimal shape.
Here are some of the other conditions that spinal decompression can relieve:
- Painful Discs
- Pressed nerves
- Nerve pain
- Disease to the discs
- Pain in the legs
- Pain in the arms.
Spinal decompression is just one of the many treatment options available for your back at AICA, but it’s an excellent example of the multitude of issues that can be resolved in part of in full by a single line of treatment, which is at the same time little impact and non-invasive.
Most people who undergo this form of therapy enjoy the experience and say the treatment itself gave them time to think and rest, which is conducive to their total body health.
Now it’s your chance to get on the road to wellness.
Schedule A Free Consultation With AICA Atlanta’s Chiropractors
Calling AICA is your first step, and we’ve designed our entire network to help you recover as easily and quickly as possible.
While we can’t say how long any particular recovery will take, we can say that when you call AICA, you’ll be much closer because of the power of our integrated network of doctors.
And, if you’re concerned about your accident and the complications it has brought to your life, speak with our experts.
Call us right now at (404) 889-8828; we are available 24/7 to help you schedule an examination or answer any questions you may have.
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