Lower Back & Leg Pain

lowerbackpainIn both patient satisfaction and long term recovery, Chiropractic has been repeatedly shown to be the most effective treatment for lower back pain. In fact, major studies have shown that chiropractic care is more effective, less expensive and has better long-term outcomes than any other treatment. This makes sense because chiropractic care is the only method of treatment that serves to reestablish normal vertebral motion and position in the spine.  All other treatments, such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest, only serve to decrease the symptoms of the problem and do not correct the problem itself.   Chiropractors may also use adjunctive therapies such as electric muscle stimulation, ultra sound therapy, ice or heat to help treat various back conditions in order to reduce spasm and inflammation so that the spine can be adjusted with more ease.

Did you know that 80% of all people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives?  That makes it the second most common reason for visiting the doctor’s office.  In fact, it is estimated that low back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10% of all people experience frequent & repeated bouts of low back pain.  Each time you injure your back you create more scar tissue, less flexibility and more weakness. The natural progression of back pain is that after each time you are more likely to get another episode. The episodes usually get more frequent and start to last longer and eventually the pain does not go away at all. The biggest risk factor for getting back pain is having had a previous episode and recurrent injuries to the same area is what eventually can cause a disc herniation. Using pain medications over and over again can also give you a false sense of well-being…since you don’t feel the pain, you think the problem is fixed when it is not. Pain killers just mask the pain.

 

Recent studies showed that when back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return. And it is documented that for each repeated bout of back pain, the symptoms are worse and it takes longer to achieve relief.  For this reason, it is very important to take low back pain seriously and seek professional chiropractic care.

There are many different specific conditions that can cause low back pain, including: spinal subluxations, sprained ligaments and joints,  muscle spasms and trigger points,  disc injuries,  inflamed joints such as in facet syndrome of sacroiliac syndrome, spinal stenosis and poor bio-mechanics.  There can also be groin, hip or leg pain (sciatica) associated with some conditions such as piriformis syndrome, disc injuries, sacroiliac syndrome and spinal stenosis.

 

Check out what our patients have to say!

I became a patient of Dr. Hoch’s for pain and stiffness in my lower back. I know my back is not as bad as many people experience but there was always that stiffness and minor pain.

When I met Dr. Hoch, I told her I would like relief of the back pain and I also wanted to learn how to improve my flexibility and prevent poor posture.  I sit all day at work and I know all that sitting is not good for my spine.

Once I started care with Dr. Hoch, I was surprised how quickly my back pain was relieved!  I was also given strengthening and stretching exercises specifically to improve my flexibility and protect my back.  Dr. Hoch also taught me about the importance of maintenance care for my spine.  She explained it this way:  Some damage can be reversed, and some cannot, but there are things I can do that can mitigate small problems before they become big ones – like getting adjusted regularly (I get adjusted every 4 weeks) The stretches are also a way to keep my muscles and ligaments flexible and strong.  We give maintenance care to all sorts of things in our lives:  our teeth, our cars, our homes…so, why would we leave out the most important part of our body, the spine??

P.H.

 

When I first came to see Dr. Hoch I was experiencing lower back and (r)leg pain daily.  I’d had lower back pain and numbness for about 12 years. Then one day I was sweeping the floor at home and something happened – I don’t know what, but the pain was way worse than normal.

Then the pain became sharp and I was unable to move, and no position was comfortable – I was in complete agony and couldn’t even sleep.

After about a week of feeling like this and missing work on top of it, I had to do something.

I found Fort Myers Chiropractic Studio online and called the office to make my appointment. I will say, I was literally terrified at my initial appointment because of a very bad experience with an adjustment about 12 years earlier – I was hurt and in a lot pain afterwards.  This experience made me very uneasy during my 1st appointment with Dr. Hoch, but by the end of this appointment I slowly but surely started to relax and feel more at ease. By my 2nd visit to her office my fear was gone and I started looking forward to each upcoming visit.

Dr. Hoch went over her recommendations for care with me and we got started right away. I had so much pain and stiffness it took about 3 weeks to recognize a noticeable difference in how I felt. But once that happened things moved quickly so only about another 1-2 weeks later we were able to drop physiotherapies I received at each visit and now I was only getting adjusted! I couldn’t believe how I felt!!

During this time Dr. Hoch and her staff taught me the importance of doing my part to assist in my healing and feeling better by showing me stretches and proper techniques for bending and lifting at work. Also, the best positions for sitting or standing and even reaching over my desk at work so this doesn’t happen again.

As long as, I stick with my maintenance adjustments, I have no doubt, I will be able to enjoy life without limiting myself or being in constant pain like I was for what seemed to be forever before finding Dr. Hoch and her great staff!

T.H.