Low back pain is likely to have a significant impact on your ability to do many everyday activities. If you’re finding it hard to get anything done because of low back pain, Jonathan Donath, DC, and Vinh Tran, DC, CCSP, at Joint Effort Chiropractic in White Plains, New York, can help. They’re expert chiropractors who use the most advanced techniques to relieve pain and restore function in your spine. To experience the relief of effective, fast-acting treatment of low back pain, call Joint Effort Chiropractic today or book an appointment online.
What causes low back pain?
There are many causes of low back pain. Some the Joint Effort Chiropractic team sees most often are:
Muscle and tendon strains, ligament sprains, fractures, and subluxations (misalignments in the spine) are all injuries that can cause low back pain.
Poor posture can have a negative effect on your back, causing chronic stiffness and aching. Hunching forward over your keyboard and sitting in a chair that doesn’t support your back can all result in low back pain.
The spinal discs between your vertebrae absorb shock in the spine and keep it stable. A weakness or tear in the outer surface of the disc might allow the inner part to bulge or herniate, which can pinch the spinal nerves nearby.
Degenerative diseases include osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal).
The most common spinal abnormality is scoliosis. In this condition, your spine has a curve to the left and/or right instead of going in a straight line from neck to hips.
Why does low back pain affect my legs?
Low back pain often travels into your legs because it follows the path of your peripheral nerves. These are the nerves that come away from your spinal cord, through your vertebrae, and spread throughout your body.
Many of the problems that cause low back pain result in pinching or compression of one or more nerves as they exit your spine. In addition to low back pain, you might experience:
- Loss of function
These symptoms can affect one or both legs, depending on which nerves are involved. The common back problem sciatica, which results from pressure on the sciatic nerve in your lower back, can cause worse symptoms in your leg than your back.
Joint Effort Chiropractic helps you overcome these problems using the team’s expertise in physical medicine to target the cause of your low back pain.
How is low back pain treated?
The treatment that your provider recommends for your low back pain can vary according to the cause of the problem. Rather than using medication to hide the pain, your provider aims to tackle the problem at its source.
This might involve using manual or instrument-assisted chiropractic techniques such as the McKenzie protocol, Cox flexion/traction, and Graston Technique® (GT) therapy. These treatments can realign the vertebrae if you have any spine restrictions or dysfunctions.
If your low back pain is due to problems like a bulging or herniated disc, you can benefit from Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. This treatment gently stretches your spine, allowing the tissues to return to their normal position.