Lower Back Pain
Persistent lower back pain typically means something is affecting the lower or lumbar spine, surrounding nerves, or musculoskeletal tissues. The pain could be acute and intermittent or chronic and severe. Our chiropractor at Back on Track Chiropractic & Wellness Center, in Birmingham, specializes in the use of safe, non-medical chiropractic techniques to alleviate pain in the lower back.
What is the Lumbar Spine?
The lower spine consists of the lumbar vertebrae, intervertebral discs, and nerve roots. Bones, joints, ligaments, and connective tissues surround the spine. Together, they support the upper body, provide flexibility, and allow a range of motions, e.g., sitting or bending. However, these musculoskeletal parts can get injured and result in pain.
Common Causes of Lower Back Pain
- Poor posture
- Injury playing sport
- Lumbar herniated discs
- Spinal misalignment
- Improper form when lifting or bending
- A curve in the spine, e.g., scoliosis
- Compressed nerves in the lower spine
- Wear and tear from repetitive use
- Degenerative disc disease, e.g., sciatica and spinal stenosis
Common Symptoms of Pain in the Lower Back
- Dull aching, sharp stabbing, or burning pain
- Stiffness or muscle weakness
- Tingling or numbness in the legs or feet
- Pain radiates to the hips, buttocks legs, or feet
- Pain worsens when bending, or standing or sitting for long periods
How Pain in the Lower Back is diagnosed
Our licensed chiropractor Dr. Dr. Scott Duca will determine what's causing the pain by performing a thorough physical examination and various tests. They may include palpation of the lower back and testing reflexes and motor skills. X-rays or MRI's may be done to view the spine and musculoskeletal system.
How Will Our Chiropractor Evaluate and Treat Your Pain
During the evaluation, Dr. Duca will consider your symptoms, work and sleep habits, medical history, and overall lifestyle before recommending chiropractic therapy. Pain in the lower back can be effectively treated with a chiropractic adjustment technique called spinal manipulation.
It is a safe technique used to nudge the spine back into proper alignment and take pressure off compressed spinal nerves, joints, discs, and the sciatic nerve. Massage therapy and physical therapy may also be used to strengthen the lower back, reduce pain, and improve mobility. This non-medical approach to treating pain focuses on the underlying causes and can prevent the need for invasive lumbar surgery.
Book an appointment for chiropractic care in Birmingham
Untreated lower back pain can become debilitating and prevent you from working and doing the things you love. With chiropractic care at Back on Track Chiropractic & Wellness Center, in Birmingham, you can enjoy long-lasting pain relief. Dr. Duca has over 20 years of experience caring for patients with back pain. He will design a treatment plan that focuses on treating the whole person instead of only the symptoms. Call 205-623-5782 to book an appointment today.