Low Back Pain
Low back pain is the number one symptom that prompts patients to utilize chiropractic treatment. Low back pain can be aggravating at first, and most people are able to live with the beginning stages of low back pain. They just accept the fact that every day they wake up they are going to be in pain, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Most cases of low back pain can be resolved if treated early on. Your chiropractor at Club West Chiropractic in Blaine, MN will figure out the source of your pain and come up with a treatment plan to get you well. Some cases on the other hand, if not addressed early enough, can become disabling.
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What Causes Low Back Pain
Low back pain is most commonly caused by trauma related accidents such as car accidents, sports accidents, or work related accidents, but there are many other causes of low back pain. Low back pain can be a result of spinal degeneration caused by wear and tear, congenital abnormalities, and specific spinal conditions.
Conditions Associated With Low Back Pain
Our Blaine chiropractors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal conditions that cause low back pain such as:
- Disc Herniation
- Facet Syndrome
- Lumbar Sprain/Strain
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Congenital Abnormalities
- Spinal Stenosis
- and more
Other Symptoms Associated With Low Back Pain
Other symptoms may be associated with low back pain. In the case of a disc herniation, neurological symptoms may be present. When the disc herniates or bulges it can put pressure on the nerves that branch off of the spinal cord. Neurological symptoms can include pain, numbness and tingling into the lower extremities. This electric pain that shoots into the buttocks and down the leg is known as sciatica. Other symptoms may include difficulty sitting, standing, or walking for long periods of time. Your skin may feel hot and inflamed. You may experience restricted range of motion, and you may notice that you are unable to do your normal activities of daily living.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain
Chiropractors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal conditions that cause low back pain. By completing a detailed orthopedic, physical, and neurological exam chiropractors are able to determine, diagnose and specifically treat the source of the pain. Club West Chiropractic utilizes on-site diagnostic imaging such as Digital X-Ray to aid in the diagnosis of spinal conditions. The chiropractors of Club West Chiropractic also work closely with advanced imaging centers. Depending on the findings, or if diagnostics are unclear chiropractors may refer out for an MRI or CT Scan to answer any unclear or unanswered diagnostic questions. These advanced images will help the doctor understand your case, and will aid in your treatment and healing.
Chiropractors use an array of techniques in the treatment of spinal conditions that cause low back pain; the most commonly used technique is called a chiropractic adjustment. A chiropractic adjustment relieves pressure in the joint, which decreases pain, and restores range of motion, nerve flow, and organ function. Chiropractors also use other therapies to help speed up the healing process such as heat/ice, electrical muscle stimulation, physical rehabilitation, kinesiotape, nutritional supplementation, soft tissue techniques such as Graston, and more.