Lower Back Pain
This is what most people see chiropractors for worldwide. Most Australians will experience lower back pain and many will have it so bad that they will miss work because of it. It can greatly impact on peoples lives.
at the facts
- Low back pain is one of leading causes of disability worldwide.
- Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work and the second most common reason for going to the doctor’s clinic.
- Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.
- Most cases of back pain are mechanical and are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
- The cost of back pain to the Australian economy was $55 billion in 2012.
It is estimated less than 10% of patients with chronic pain receive coordinated multidisciplinary care (involving a team of specialists, which could include a chiropractor, physiotherapist, neurologist and psychologist) to target the multiple drivers of pain.
How does chiro help?
Most important is to find the root cause of your back pain. Most of us realise that drugs generally don’t treat the cause of the pain, they usually only treat the symptom. We attempt to find the problem with taking a history and performing an examination. In some cases an X-ray, CT or MRI may be necessary.
If the issue is deemed to be one that can be treated with chiropractic care then a plan will be recommended that will usually involve spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjusting), exercises, stretching, massage, nutritional changes and postural education.
Lower Back Adjustments
Low back adjusting is either done by hand or with an adjusting instrument. It is a precise manoeuvre to provide better mobility in the back and to restore range of motion. This can also provide stretch to local muscles as well.
Patients typically notice improved ability to move as well as reduced pain, soreness and stiffness.
Where necessary we will work with your GP, Physio, personal trainer, or other health care person on your team to make sure you get the best possible outcome.
What should you do?
If you have been experiencing low back pain, many sources recommend initially applying cold and/or heat, increasing core strength, stretching and exercise. If the pain persists consider calling our clinic for and examination and to see if chiropractic care might be beneficial to your condition specifically.