After upper-respiratory infections, back pain is the second most common reason for visiting a doctor. It will affect 80% of us at some point in our lives, and half of all adults are estimated to suffer this every single year, with over 10% of people suffering ongoing bouts of low back pain.
The reason low back pain and injuries are so prevalent is that this is a highly unstable part of the spine. The average American sits half of their life away and the force of sitting slowly weakens the low back.
The low back is the foundation for the entire spine. If it starts to weaken, it causes instability throughout the rest of the body. That is why it is critical to maintain a strong and healthy low back region.
Low back pain that comes and goes repeatedly is a nerve-based problem. There are no drugs or medications that will solve this issue, that is why Chiropractic care is the only effective treatment.
This great variety of causes means it is very important not to assume the reason for any low-back pain you may be experiencing. Professional help should be sought to identify the problem, or to at least rule out anything more serious. Doctors of chiropractic are specially trained in assessing low-back pain, and offering appropriate treatment.
Common Causes of Low Back Pain – Muscle, Disc, Bone
Muscle Involved Low Back Pain
If the area affected is from a muscle, the pain will come and go within 4-6 days. It will not return.
Bone Involved Low Back Pain = Subluxations
When the spinal bones lose position with one another, this causes a misalignment and weakens the spine. This weakness can cause pain and inflammation. Dr. Andrew Harris, Chiropractor in Ormond Beach is specially trained in treating subluxations in a speedy and effective manner. Patients feel relief quick from low back pain with Chiropractic adjustments and area able to return to normal activity in a short time frame.
Disc Involved Low Back Pain
Disc degeneration occurs over many years. The disc breakdown can be a bulge, rupture or even a herniation. Most patients will not feel the effect of the years of breakdown until the disc finally starts to damage a nerve. Usually when a patient starts to feel pain, it is usually extreme in nature. Dr. Andrew Harris is able to help alleviate the pain, remove pressure off of the nerve and stabilize the disc so no further degeneration will occur. Chiropractic care is the only way to effectively stop this degeneration.
Chiropractic Treatment of Low Back Pain
Low back pain is a specialty of Chiropractors, because the spine imbalance is causing nerves to be damaged. Adjustments made to the Lumbar spine strengthen the vertebra(spinal bones) and remove pressure from the damaged nerves. Allowing for healing to occur in a very quick manner. Patients that take muscle relaxers, pain killers and nerve medication are only masking the symptoms and not addressing the cause. Dr. Andrew Harris will find the subluxation (misalignments) and remove the pressure from the nerve, allowing the spine to heal quick without toxic medications or drugs.