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How Is Back / Lumbar Pain Treated by a Chiropractor?

Learn how a chiropractor treats lower back pain from Dr. Karen Erickson in this Howcast video.


Chiropractors successfully treat lumbar pain, or low back pain, on a regular basis. There are so many causes of low back pain, some are inherent in the spine itself, there can be arthritis, disc herniation, stenosis, other kinds of anomalies in the way the spine is formed, that can predispose you to low back pain. There are also many mechanical causes of low back pain, and that would include things like sports injuries, or work injuries, falls, car accidents, heavy lifting, improper shoes, even poor posture can contribute to low back pain. Your chiropractor will do a very careful examination including orthopedic and neurological examination to determine which structures around your spine are causing the pain. It may be the joints themselves, the nerves, or the muscles, and in most cases, it's a combination of all three. Your chiropractor will choose a technique that's appropriate for your body type, your condition, and the chronicity and severity of your condition.

There are many low back conditions that chiropractors successfully treat, this would include things like disc herniations or sciatica, sacroiliac sprains or lumbosacral sprain strains, coccyx pain, hip pain, and just general lumbago, which is just a generalized low back pain, and this is probably one of the more common forms of low back pain. Your chiropractor may order X-Rays, or an MRI to further diagnose or more specifically diagnose which structures are actually causing the symptoms. Your chiropractor may include other modalities as part of your treatment plan, and this would include things like heat or ice, ultrasound, cold laser, stretching, or strengthening exercises, or even postural advice. Your chiropractor may advise you how to sit, how to sleep, and how to sit at work to minimize strain on your back so that your back can heal more quickly. Chiropractors may also utilize nutritional supplements to decrease inflammation in your body and promote healing.

Chiropractic successfully treats low back pain, whether it's something quite serious like stenosis or sciatica, or something garden variety like low back strain. One of my favorite things in my practice is treating patients that don't even have low back symptoms, and they report to me that after we have corrected misalignments in their lumbar, spine, and pelvis, that they feel an enormous ease in their low back, their muscles relax, they can walk better, they can sit better, they don't have that little stiffness when they get up from bed, and they're always glad that they had that area of their body checked.

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