Lower Back Pain

Women sitting holding back in pain

Lower back pain is a prevalent condition that affects millions of people worldwide, impacting their daily lives and activities. It can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that makes movement difficult. 

What is Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain refers to discomfort or pain in the lumbar region of the spine, which is the area below the ribcage and above the pelvis. The lower back, or lumbar spine, consists of five vertebrae (L1-L5) that support the weight of the upper body and enable various movements such as bending, twisting, and lifting.

Causes of Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain can stem from various factors, including:

  • Muscle Strain: Overuse, improper lifting techniques, or sudden movements can strain the muscles and ligaments in the lower back, leading to pain and stiffness.
  • Herniated Disc: When the soft inner core of a spinal disc protrudes through the tough outer layer, it can irritate nearby nerves, causing pain, numbness, or weakness in the lower back and legs.
  • Degenerative Conditions: Conditions like osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease can contribute to lower back pain as they affect the structure and function of the spine over time.
  • Injuries: Traumatic injuries, such as fractures or sprains, sustained from accidents, falls, or sports activities, can result in acute or chronic lower back pain.
  • Poor Posture and Ergonomics: Prolonged sitting, standing, or repetitive movements with improper posture can strain the muscles and exacerbate lower back pain.

Symptoms of Lower Back Pain

Symptoms of lower back pain may vary depending on the underlying cause but commonly include:

  • Persistent aches or stiffness in the lower back
  • Sharp, shooting pain that radiates down the legs (sciatica)
  • Muscle spasms or cramping
  • Difficulty standing up straight or walking
  • Limited range of motion in the lower back
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the legs or feet

Struggling With Lower Back Pain? Chiropractic Care Can Help

When you consider that 80 percent of Americans have experienced or will experience back pain, it's no surprise that this painful issue results in approximately 264 million lost workdays annually. When you're suffering from intense pain in the lower back, even basic physical labor or sedentary office work becomes challenging, impacting your ability to enjoy a comfortable and productive life at home. The good news is that you don't have to let lower back pain hold you back, and surgery or painkillers aren't your only options. Natural treatments at Brittian Chiropractic Center can help you overcome your lower back pain.

Why Do People Suffer From Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain is almost inevitable at some point in life. The lower back bears the weight of the entire upper body, making it susceptible to strain. An acute injury can result in torn back muscles, dislodged vertebrae, or herniated discs. Chronic lower back pain often arises from constant strain due to musculoskeletal imbalances or poor posture.

Natural changes in the body can also contribute to chronic lower back pain. As you age, spinal discs may flatten and bulge, placing strain on vertebral joints and pinching nerve roots. Pinched sciatic nerve tissue in the lower spine can cause both leg and lower back pain. Additionally, spinal arthritis is a common cause of age-related lower back pain.

Chiropractic Adjustments for Lower Back Pain: Procedures and Benefits

A skilled chiropractor can often provide relief to lower back pain sufferers without resorting to surgery or extreme measures. Dr. Brittian can identify any spinal alignment issues contributing to or exacerbating your symptoms. Through gentle and precise applications of force, either manually or using instruments, spinal components can be realigned, alleviating compressed nerves and reducing strain on muscles.

In addition to spinal adjustments, chiropractors may recommend other non-invasive treatments to complement their approach. This comprehensive treatment plan may include physical therapy, massage, and lifestyle recommendations aimed at strengthening the lower back, improving flexibility, and preventing future back problems.

If you're interested in learning more about non-surgical solutions for lower back pain, contact Brittian Chiropractic Center at (336) 293-8931.