Low back pain is one of the most common
reasons why people come into our office, and it is one of the first symptoms people associate with chiropractic care. Even outside of our practice low back pain is the 2nd
most common neurological ailment reported in the US (the 1st
most common is headaches
). Americans spend at
least $50 billion annually
on treating low back pain. With a symptom that affects 80% of people during their lives it is important to find low-cost
solutions to stopping the pain.
There are 2 types of low back pain
Chronic – pain lasting longer than 3 months – usually the result of an underlying injury or weakness in the back.
Acute – pain that lasts a few days to a few weeks – it can seem to go away on its own, but if the underlying symptoms aren’t treated acute pain can become
What is the cause of low back pain?
Low back pain can have many causes, including:
- Poor physical activity
- Poor posture
- Poor sleep
- Ruptured or herniated discs
- Scar tissue from a previous back injury
- Dietary deficiencies
Nonspecific low back pain
The difficulty most doctors face when diagnosing low back pain is that the most common cause is nonspecific low back pain. Usually these injuries are related to some kind of sudden
physical loading of the back – stressing the muscles and spine. This will cause a muscle sprain or strain, which can impact the alignment of the spine and impact nerve function around
the spine. If you’ve ever picked up a heavy object and found yourself in pain afterwards, you’ve given yourself nonspecific low back pain. Because these cases don’t have a clear
cause, which means most doctors will then just treat the symptoms rather than the underlying cause of those symptoms.
How can we help?
Chiropractic care is one of the only non-surgical methods of treating the cause of your low back pain rather than just masking the symptoms. If you have been taking over
the counter painkillers to treat your back pain, take a moment to read our fact sheet on the dangers of Non-steroidal
Anti-inflammatory Drugs. The short version? NSAIDs (like Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and Advil) are dangerous for your stomach, intestines, and
liver. And they don’t even treat the actual cause of your pain, meaning that you will have to continue using them indefinitely. The same basic premise
holds for cortisone injections – they’ll treat the pain but not the cause of the pain, meaning you will continue to have the pain as the injections wear off.
Chiropractic care has been shown to be a low cost solution to treating low back pain. Using spinal manipulation we will help gently correct your spinal
alignment. We can use EMS or Massage Therapy to treat the muscular strains and sprains. Finally, we can use Ultrasound therapy to help reduce
inflammation and help your back heal naturally. When the underlying causes have been addressed, we’ll teach you some exercise and stretches you can do to help prevent future injury.
The bottom line?
A success story from one of our patients:
“I came in with a sprained back after moving a large deli slicer.... couldn't walk without extreme pain. With Dr. Cutitta's treatment my back has come back to full
strength. I would recommend the treatment to everyone"