Chiropractic: A Natural, Noninvasive Approach to Low Back Pain
- Workplace stresses and strains
- Traumatic injuries (from occupational and sports pursuits)
- Injuries sustained during other recreational activities
- The often sedentary nature of our modern lives
Surgery, injections, and pain medication are the most common conventional approaches to this problem. But these treatments have proven unhelpful for many people, who continue to experience low back pain long after the procedure or intervention. Read on to learn more about this widespread (and often debilitating) condition and how it can be treated by chiropractic care and other noninvasive methods.
Nearly everybody experiences low back pain at some point that interferes with work, household duties, and treasured recreational activities. Low back pain can keep you from participating in the activities that create meaning in your life, such as playing with your children, sharing a game of tennis with your friends, or practicing your favorite musical instrument. Low back pain, though often experienced differently between individuals, can be split into two main categories: acute and chronic.
Acute, or short-term, back pain typically lasts from several days to several weeks and is most commonly caused by:
- Low back trauma incurred during sports (contact sports, especially)
- Automobile accidents and collisions
- Injuries in the home (associated with cleaning, renovations, slips and falls, etc.)
- Injuries experienced while on the job
Chronic, or long-term, low back pain is pain that lasts for 3 months or longer. This health problem often is progressive (though usually treatable) and the underlying cause may be more challenging to diagnose.
Causes & Symptoms
The list of possible low back pain causes is long, but some conditions that cause this health problem occur more often than others. Some of the most common causes of low back pain include:
- Spinal joint dysfunction (i.e., fixations or restrictions in your spinal joints)
- Muscle strains and ligament sprains
- Core muscle weakness
- Intervertebral disc herniations or bulges
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of your spinal canal; more common in older individuals)
If you have low back pain, you may experience one or more of the following signs or symptoms:
- Dull, achy, or stabbing pain in your low back (on one or both sides)
- Muscle spasms (ranging from mild to severe)
- Reduced spinal flexibility and range of motion
- Inability to sit, bend, or twist (and sometimes even walk) without discomfort
A conservative, noninvasive approach, such as chiropractic care, is often effective in treating low back pain. Dr. Mike Sorensen, a leading chiropractor in Redmond, Oregon, uses gentle and effective manual therapies to help restore proper joint motion and tissue tone. Chiropractic adjustments—hands-on manipulation of the spinal joints, often involving an audible “pop”—are one of these manual therapies. Low back chiropractic adjustments performed by Dr. Sorensen help:
- Realign lumbar (i.e., low back) spinal joints
- Improve lumbar spine and joint range of motion
- Reduce low back pain or discomfort
- Resolve any scar tissue or adhesions that may be present
Dr. Sorensen also employs other natural treatment techniques to help restore low back health. His comprehensive treatment approach includes massage and other types of soft tissue work, nutritional counseling, and a physical rehabilitation program, along with effective exercises that you can perform in the comfort of your own home.
Schedule an initial appointment with Dr. Mike Sorensen (chiropractor Redmond Oregon) to learn more about chiropractic and how it can help treat the specific underlying cause of your low back pain. Dr. Sorensen has extensive experience treating and preventing low back pain, and his main goal is to provide fast and effective relief. Call for an appointment at our Redmond chiropractic office.