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 biomechanics.  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.