Have you ever gone to your doctor because of low back pain? You will probably answer yes because low back pain is consistently one of the top reasons people visit a doctor’s office. Did you know that it is estimated that nearly $45 billion per year are lost due to low back pain?
Low back pain is a common concern that affects millions each year. In fact, it is estimated that around 31 million Americans experience low back pain. Although low back pain is a common problem that many people experience, it is certainly not normal. Low back pain has become a prevalent condition, contributing to a multimillion dollar pharmaceutical and surgical correction industry just to address the problem.
When it comes to low back pain, what can start off as a very simple feeling of discomfort can become truly debilitating when left unaddressed. There are many cases where the person is even rendered invalid, unable to walk, sit, or run due to the pain. However, with the right diagnosis and treatment, low back pain can be overcome.
What causes low back pain?
Low back pain can be caused due to a variety of reasons. With many people in today’s generation having a sedentary lifestyle, sitting is one of the primary culprits as it often leads to a reversal of the normal lumbar lordosis (the inward curve of the low back). As people sit for an extended period of time, slouching will almost inevitably occur leading to not just low back pain, but often mid back pain, neck pain, and shoulder tightness as well. Even those who lead an active lifestyle can suffer from low back pain. This can be due to carrying heavy weights during workouts, overloading the spine and surrounding muscles with poor core stability, and even poor form during the workout. Other reasons for low back pain include muscle spasms, tense muscles, and ruptured discs. Sometimes, certain health conditions may cause low back pain such as scoliosis, arthritis, kidney stones, and endometriosis.
The most common cause of low back pain and the primary pain producers are the discs, spinal muscles, nerve roots, and facet joints (the joints that are located on the back of the spinal column, which allow for protection of the spinal cord and allow the spine to move). While the pain is stimulated by many factors, the major reason for pain is often misalignment in the spine causing pressure on these tissues.
How can Keystone Chiropractic help with low back pain?
A misalignment in the spine is the most common cause of low back pain. This simple misalignment of a spinal bone leads to a cascade of secondary events including muscle spasms, tense muscles, disc problems, and inflammation in the facet joints. Further, it can lead to arthritis, degeneration, and even scoliosis if left uncorrected. There are many treatment options for low back pain, including exercises, massage, acupuncture, and other therapies. Although these treatment options are very effective for pain relief, they are only treating the secondary conditions that have occurred due to the spinal misalignment, and the pain will often return. At Keystone Chiropractic, our goal is to find the exact spinal bone that has led to the secondary conditions and to see the exact direction that the bone has misaligned. By gently and specifically realigning the bone back to it’s proper position, the normal biomechanics will return and the secondary conditions will begin to unwind and undo itself, ultimately resolving the low back pain at its source. Chiropractic care has been shown through research to be highly effective for those with low back pain.
Drs. Joshua and Daniel at Keystone Chiropractic have helped many individuals suffering with low back pain in the Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, and surrounding North Dallas communities. They focus specifically on neuro-structural chiropractic and use advanced technology to pinpoint the exact areas that need to be corrected. Allow Keystone Chiropractic to assist you in gaining victory over your low back pain. Live Better Now!