Various studies show that 80% of people experience back pain at some time in their life. Back pain accounts for more visits to the doctor for any reason, other than upper respiratory infections. More specifically, low back pain is the most common reason that people come to our clinic.
Low back pain can be at the base of the spine where the lower vertebrae meet the sacrum, or anywhere in the lumbar spine, pelvis, or hips. It can be a long-term, nagging ache, or can come on suddenly and severely without any apparent cause, resulting in immobilizing pain.
Most low back pain is caused by strains, over-use, poor posture, long-term wear and tear, or a combination of factors. Usually back pain is not due to cancer or other internal causes such as infections, but the Doctor of Chiropractic is trained to diagnose the cause of your back pain and will refer you to a medical specialist or for further testing if necessary.
Chiropractic successfully treats low back pain through spinal adjustments or various methods such as ultrasound, traction, muscle stimulation, or laser therapy. Stretching, exercise, lifestyle modification, nutritional supplements or a combination of approaches may also be utilized to help you reduce or eliminate your back pain and maintain your health.