Lower back pain is a common ailment, and most people can expect to suffer some form of it at some point in their lives. Usually it is triggered by everyday activities, but also can be aggravated by accidents and sports-related injuries. Typically, symptoms of lower back pain signal that the structure of your lower back (the muscles, joints, discs and vertebrae) has weakened over time and has decreased in stability and functionality. This compromised structure cannot support your spine adequately, causing pain and loss of movement.
Sciatica is nerve pain resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body. Pain is usually felt from the lower back to behind the thigh, and radiates below the knee. There are many reasons why the sciatic nerve can become irritated; most commonly, sciatica is the result of a lumbar disk herniation directly pressing on the nerve. Other causes of sciatica include irritation of the nerve from pregnancy, adjacent bone, tumors, muscle, infections and injury.
Doctors of chiropractic are the health care leaders in the treatment of back pain as well as other spinal conditions. Treatments are gentle, safe, natural, noninvasive and highly effective. Also, the treatments are designed to correct the root cause of your problem and not simply cover up the symptoms you experience. In fact, a Canadian government commissioned study on the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of chiropractic management of low back pain concluded,
“Chiropractic manipulation is safer than medical management of low back pain. Chiropractic management is greatly superior to medical management in terms of scientific validity, safety, cost-effectiveness and patient satisfaction.” – The Manga Report
Low Back Pain
If you’re suffering from lower back pain you’re not alone. More than 80% of North Americans will at some time in their life suffer from the disabling confines of lower back pain.
According to experts, lower back pain is the number one disability culprit in workers’ compensation claims and accounts for more than $50 billion annually in the US through medical care and lost production. In addition, the latest research shows most lower back problems which cause low back pain do not fully resolve without extensive treatment and proper rehabilitation, contrary to previous beliefs.
The chiropractic doctor is unique in the health care field in that much of the training in chiropractic colleges is specifically aimed at identifying and successfully treating and managing lower back conditions. General medical practitioners generally lack adequate training in this area and have not learned the skills necessary to most effectively identify and treat most back conditions.
Mid Back Pain
The fast-paced lifestyles of today have taken their toll on the backs of America. Currently, back pain is the number one cause of disability in those aged 19-45 and is the second leading cause of missed work days. Total annual costs for back pain in the US alone are estimated to be in excess of $60 billion.
A number of factors contributing to these statistics, including:
- overall increases in work demands
- overall decreases in physical activity
- increases in prolonged sitting (at the desk, in the car, in front of the television)
- lack of periodic spinal checkups and preventative care
- failure to seek immediate care following injury
- failure to receive adequate treatment for back injuries (i.e. medications only without proper rehabilitation of tissues)
- poor postural habits and lifting techniques
Hip, Knee and Foot Pain
Pain in the lower extremities can impede movement and make daily living difficult. Major joint and muscular pain in the hips, knees and feet is commonly the result of injury, trauma or arthritis, or referred pain from the back. For people suffering from chronic pain in their hips and knees, replacement surgery is one treatment option, but there are others worth considering.
At Woolston Wellness Center, our treatments primarily focus on the cause of your problems, which not only results in rapid and effective pain-relief, but most importantly, minimizes the chance of future back problems.