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Low Back Pain

What is low back pain

Low back pain is pain that originates from the lumbar spine and pelvis. Often low back pain is due to an injury to the spinal joints or muscles in this area. These injuries are often caused by increased physical demand through heavy lifting, slipping and falling, being involved in motor vehicle accidents or as a result of repetitive or prolonged physical postures. Low Back Pain can be acute or chronic in its nature, referring to the time period it has been experienced. Acute low back pain is something like an injury where the event and onset of symptoms has been sudden and recent. Chronic low back pain is that which is prolonged and sustained over weeks to months, and in some cases even years. Chronic low back pain is one of the most common chronic health problems experienced in Australia.

Another commonly referred to type of low back pain is a slipped disc.  The term slipped disc is actually deceptive as the discs don’t actually slip. They can be injured and bulge or become inflamed causing irritation of the spinal cord and nerves. This type of back pain can cause shooting pains into the buttocks and legs. The radiating pain can also be referred as sciatica and can be so debilitating that in extreme cases the person cannot stand up or walk and simply coughing or sneezing can cause excruciating pain.

Chiropractors are experienced and trained at University for 5 years to be able to diagnose and manage low back pain.

Our focus is to explore the cause of people’s issues not just to treat the symptoms. Often the symptoms are the last sign of dysfunction and because of this they can be considered poor indicators of function and health. Chiropractors focus on improving the function of the spine and nervous system and to support your body in being the best it can be.

Every body is different and the nature of injuries causing low back pain vary from one person to the next so on your first appointment with the Chiropractor at our practice,  they will speak with you about the problem you are experiencing to gain a clear understanding of what is going on and how it was caused. The Chiropractor will then complete a thorough physical and spinal examination to assess the problem and to form a diagnosis so you can understand what is happening and how best to manage it. Typically the Chiropractor will provide a treatment on this visit if it is deemed to be beneficial and will advise on the best path forward in their opinion.

If you know someone who is suffering with low back pain, make sure to share this blog with them. After all, we all need to be informed about our own health choices and know all the options available to us.

One of the first things that pops into people’s minds when they think of Chiropractic is back pain, and while we love helping people with back pain we offer so much more than just that. Have a browse through our website or give us a call to find out more.