What is Lower back pain?
Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit a doctor or miss work; it is basically the number one disability worldwide. Fortunately, you can relieve or prevent even the most stubborn pain episodes by visiting an experienced back pain chiropractor.
Back pain comes in multiple forms, inducing stabbing sensations, burning, or shooting pain down the entire back. Additionally, this condition can affect your legs or worsen when walking, standing, lifting, twisting, or bending.
Sharp radiating pain instead of spasm- this could show that you have torn a ligament or muscles, or even problems with internal organs.
- Pain that moves through your legs – it’s often linked to a nerve compression condition.
- Sudden weakness in legs – a compressed nerve can cause limb weakness.
- Incontinence – back pain linked to inability to evacuate your bladder or bowels might be a sign of severe nerve compression.
- Tingling or numbness in the glutes or groin – also known as saddle anesthesia.
It is important to note that back pain develops without a cause; however your doctor can perform a series of tests and imaging to identify the source of the problem and provide you with a proper diagnostic.
Conditions often linked to back pain involve:
- Ligament or muscle strain: continuous heavy lifting or sudden awkward movement can lead to muscle and spinal ligaments strain. If you are not fit or don’t exercise regularly, the repeated stress on your back can cause painful muscle spasms
- Ruptured or bulging disks: disk acts as a cushion between two vertebrae (bones) in a person’s spine. However, over time, the soft material inside the disk can rupture or bulge without back pain. In most cases, disk disease is discovered accidentally through an X-ray for some other reason.
- Arthritis: osteoarthritis usually affects the lower back. In some cases, arthritis will cause the narrowing of the space around the spinal cords, a condition known as spinal stenosis.
- Osteoporosis: when bones become brittle and porous, the spine’s vertebrae can suffer painful fractures.
Everyone is susceptible to back pain and no one is excluded, even kids and teenagers. Here are a couple of factors that contribute to the development of back pain:
- Age: back pain is often linked to age, usually starting in the early 30s or 40s.
- Not doing enough exercise: unused and weak muscles in your back might cause back pain.
- Obesity: excess body weight puts too much stress on your back.
- Disease: some types of cancer or arthritis can cause back pain.
- Improper lifting: every time you lift things the weight shouldn’t be on your back but on your legs.
- Mental conditions: people suffering from anxiety or depression tend to experience back pain issues.
- Smoking: in the last couple of years, numerous studies confirmed that smokers often have an increased chance of experiencing back pain. They are prone to coughing, which causes disks to herniate. Additionally, smoking can minimize the blood flow to your spine and boost the risk of osteoporosis.
How can Dr.Tod help with back pain?
If you are experiencing continuous back pain that lasts more than a few days, you should seek professional help and consult chiropractors for back pain.
Dr.Tod Cahill will recommend the best course of action. In most cases, people respond well to chiropractic care and specifically to Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic.
As an AO expert Dr.Tod uses many adjusting tools during atlas orthogonal chiropractic treatments:
- The Atlas Orthogonal instrument
- The activator
- The Arthrostim and Vibracussor
- The Intersegmental Traction Therapy Table
- The Flexion distraction Table
- The Drop-Table Technique
- Erchonia laser