There are several conditions that can result in low back pain, including: sprained ligaments, strained muscles, herniated or bulging disks, trigger points and inflamed joints. While sports injuries or accidents can lead to injury and pain, sometimes even the simplest movements, like picking up a pencil from the floor, can have painful results. In addition, conditions such as arthritis, poor posture, obesity, psychological stress and even kidney stones, kidney infections, tumors or stress fractures can lead to pain. Due to the fact that many conditions can cause low back pain, and some of those things can be quite serious if left untreated, it is important to seek professional help. Chiropractors are the experts at diagnosing the cause and determining the proper treatment for low back pain.
A common misconception that used to be fostered by family doctors is that back pain will heal on its own. What they found though is that their patients stopped mentioning the pain and sought care elsewhere, looking for options other than drugs and surgery. Even if it does go away temporarily, it usually returns. Typically each recurring episode is worse than the earlier. Chiropractic for the low back has been repeatedly shown to be the most effective treatment for low back pain. In fact, major studies have shown that chiropractic care is more effective, cheaper and has better long-term outcomes than any other treatment. This makes sense because chiropractic care is the only method of treatment that serves to re-establish normal mobility and position in the spine. Treatments, such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest, only serve to decrease the symptoms of the problem temporarily and do not correct the problem itself. Although they are heavily promoted, over the counter pain and prescription relievers have many serious side effects including kidney and liver damage. By delaying the treatment of back pain with chiropractic care you are risking developing chronic back pain and problems.
In addition, there are many nutritional herbal and homeopathy treatments which we offer to our patients, that not help relieve the symptoms, but also speed the healing process. We offer a very unique, high tech approach to determining your nutritional needs.
Massage therapy can be a very effective addition to Chiropractic care. We have licensed massage therapists on staff.
Decompression therapy can also speed the healing process as this treatment increase mobility in the three joint complex.
Proprioceptive rehab exercises can retrain and strengthen the stabilizing muscle of the spine.