Lower Back Pain Treatment in Stevenage
Eighty percent of people suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. In fact, it is estimated that lower back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10% of all people experience frequent bouts of lower back pain. At Nova Clinic in Stevenage every day we see patients with lower back pain issues.
The susceptibility of the lower back to injury and pain is due to the fact that the lower back, like the neck, is a very unstable part of the spine. Unlike the thoracic spine, which is supported and stabilized by the rib cage. This instability allows us to have a great deal of mobility to touch our toes, tie our shoes or pick something up from the ground, but at the cost of increased risk of injury.
As long as it is healthy and functioning correctly, the lower back can withstand tremendous forces without injury. Professional power-lifters can pick up several hundred pounds off the floor without injuring their lower back. However, if the lower back is out of alignment or has weakened supporting muscles, something as simple as lifting a bag of shopping out of the boot of your car, picking something up off the floor, or even simply bending down to stroke the cat can cause a lower back injury.
How can I treat back pain?
At Nova Clinic we treat patient with lower back pain with acupuncture and chiropractic and supporting modalities such as electroacupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and massage. Non-invasive acupuncture and chiropractic care for the lower back has been shown to be very effective. Other options such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest, tend to help with the symptoms, however they do not correct the problem itself.
We have an outstanding record of treating cases of lower back pain.
What are the causes of back pain?
There are many different conditions that can result in lower back pain, including: sprained ligaments, strained muscles, ruptured disks, trigger points and inflamed joints. While sports injuries or accidents can lead to injury and pain, sometimes even the simplest movements, like picking up a pencil from the floor, can have painful results. In addition, conditions such as arthritis, poor posture, obesity, psychological stress and even kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss can lead to pain.
Due to the fact that there are a lot of things that can cause lower back pain, and some of those things can be quite serious if left untreated, it is important to seek professional help. Our chiropractor specialises in diagnosing the cause and determining the proper treatment for lower back pain. Here are some of the most common causes we see:
Can disk herniations cause back pain?
Contrary to popular belief, a herniated disc does not automatically mean that you are going to suffer from lower back pain. In fact, one study found that almost half of all adults had at least one bulging or herniated disc, even though they did not suffer any back pain from it. On the other hand, herniated discs can be a source of intense and debilitating pain that frequently radiates to other areas of the body. Unfortunately, once a disc herniates, they rarely, if ever, completely heal on their own. Further deterioration can often be avoided through regular non-invasive spinal care, a complete recovery is difficult to achieve but possible with the right type of intervention.
What are the common causes of back pain?
Sprains, strains and spasms is commonly the source of lower back pain among the weekend warriors. You know, the type who have very little physical activity during the week, but once the weekend arrives, they push themselves hard! By the end of the weekend, they are lying flat on their back counting down the hours before they can get some help. Overworking the muscles or ligaments of the lower back can lead to small tears in the tissues, which then become painful, swollen and tight.
What are subluxations?
Whenever there is a disruption in the normal movement or position of the vertebrae, the result is pain and inflammation. In the lumbar spine, these usually occur at the transition between the lower spine and the sacrum. Subluxations can lead to debilitating lower back pain. Fortunately, subluxations are easily treatable and often times a significant reduction in pain is experienced almost immediately after treatment.
Can stress cause back pain?
Whenever you become stressed, your body responds by increasing your blood pressure and heart rate, flooding your body with stress hormones and tightening up your muscles. When you are stressed all the time, the chronic tension causes your muscles to become sore, weak and loaded with trigger points. If you are stressed out all of the time and you have lower back pain, it is important to do some relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, as well as to get regular exercise.