Low Back Pain

A common cause of low back pain can be problems with the disc, the fibrous cushion between each vertebra. A bulging or ruptured disc can irritate nerves that travel from the spinal cord. Leg pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs may all be a result of disc irritation. Low back problems are more common in people who are in poor physical condition and those with jobs that include heavy lifting, long periods of sitting, standing or lots of bending. Emotional stress or long periods of inactivity may intensify symptoms or trigger the appearance of previous problems.

It is important to have back pain treated within the first month of the onset of the pain. Waiting until the pain is unbearable or immobilizing is not only unhealthy but may end up costing more time, stress and money in the long run. There is no reason to suffer longer than you must, and chiropractic care at Charlotte Chiropractic Center can help get you back to a pain free life!

The discs provide shock absorption, protecting the spinal cord and ensuring flexibility of the spine. They also perform other functions. The spinal discs are essentially ligaments (structures connecting bones) that attach to the top and bottom of each vertebra. They also act as a fulcrum to direct the type of movement through which each vertebra travels.

Common Symptoms of Low Back Pain

  • Difficulty Moving That Can Be Severe Enough To Prevent Walking Or Standing
  • Pain That Also Moves Around To The Groin, Buttock  Or Upper Thigh, But Rarely Travels Below The Knee
  • Pain That Tends To Be Achy And Dull
  • Muscle Spasms, Which Can Be Severe
  • Local Soreness Upon Touch

Common Causes of Low Back Pain

  • Problems With The Disc, The Fibrous Cushion Between Each Vertebra
  • Inherited/Genetic Disorders
  • Poor Physical Condition
  • Obesity
  • Emotional Stress Or Long Periods Of Inactivity

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

A chiropractic approach to treating low back pain is to find the source of the back pain and correct it, not just treat the symptom; this ensures that the body can heal naturally. Low back pain often responds dramatically to the correction of vertebrae positioning and the restoration of normal motion.

Chiropractors use spinal manipulations or adjustments to precisely apply a directed force to the vertebrae that is out of position. Gradually, these adjustments help restore normal range of motion, position and function of the joint. The doctor may either use their hands or specialized tools to apply a quick thrust or slower pressure to the misaligned joint.

Additionally, your chiropractor may suggest adding exercises, hot or cold compresses, or massage to compliment your adjustments. It may also be helpful to consider some lifestyle changes such as healthier eating and stress reduction techniques.