It is estimated that nearly 80% of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is actually one of the most common reasons for trips to the emergency room or doctor’s office. So, why is the low back injured so often? The low back can be an unstable area of the spine due to the amount of mobility it possesses as well as the compression it sustains between the load of the upper body and the low body.

As long as the spine is healthy and functioning correctly, the low back can withstand tremendous forces without injury. Think of a professional power lifter and how they can pick up several hundred pounds off the floor without injuring their low back. However, if the low back is out of adjustment or has weak supporting muscles, something as simple as bending down to tie your shoes can cause a low back injury.

Causes:

Have you ever had pain doing the simplest of activities? Perhaps you were bending over to pick up a young child, driving in a car, or taking a bath. Maybe your pain occurred after shoveling snow or weeding the lawn. For others it may have been while playing a sport or working out.

All of these actions and many, many more very common activities can aggravate and weaken the lower back. It is easy to know how your back got hurt if you lifted heavy boxes, or suffered from an accident. These are obvious causes. However, the more common causes are the everyday activities that we perform for months and years. Even though they don’t feel painful at the time, they cause micro traumas to our spine. That is, they cause little irritations that, over a long period of time, end up causing significant changes to our spinal structure, weakening the low back until pain and muscle strain occurs.

For many years doctors and researchers believed that back pain would heal on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true and to actually be quite the opposite. When back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return and often return worse than before.

Treatments:

Chiropractors are experts at diagnosing the cause and determining the proper treatment for low back pain. Most commonly, it’s simply a matter of adjusting the lower lumbar vertebrae and pelvis to re-establish normal motion and position of your bones and joints. Chiropractic for the low back has been repeatedly shown to be the most effective treatment for low back pain both for acute and chronic conditions. This makes sense because chiropractic care is the only method of treatment that serves to re-establish normal vertebral motion and position in the spine to correct the cause of the pain.

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons we see patients in our office. Don’t wait any longer, call us today and find the relief from pain you deserve.