Low Back Pain
Did you know that low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide? It is also the most common reason people miss work!! So, how can we combat this problem and ease our pain? This is where Chiropractors come along; but before we discuss how Chiropractors can help you joyfully return to work, here are some of the things that may be causing your lower back pain:
The most common cause of low back pain is “Non specific low back pain”. What this means is, most of the time you don’t have to worry! Less than 1% of low back pain presentations are due to something serious going on. Non specific pain can be due to:
The joints in the lower back not moving properly on one another, or taking an increased load, leading to pain.
A muscle strain or ligament sprain in the lower back.
Nerve entrapment (the superior cluneal nerve supplies the skin for the lower back and the gluteal region, it can sometimes be squashed and cause a deep aching pain in the lower back or buttocks).
Sacroiliac joint pain.
Another less common cause of low back pain, is when you experience sharp pain that shoots down your legs and sometimes into your foot. This type of pain is caused by irritation or injury to the nerve roots that come out of the spine. Some of the things that can cause nerve irritation include:
Disc herniation (a disc that has herniated can compress the nerve root and lead to this sharp shooting pain).
Bony outgrowths due to a degenerated spine.
Herpes Zoster (Shingles).
The final and most rare cause of low back pain, is that caused by something serious! As stated before, this accounts for less than 1% of all low back pain presentations, and the most common serious pathologies include:
Cauda equina syndrome.
Chiropractors can help in many different ways to try and make you feel better. We are not only known for our cracking abilities! Soft tissue work, trigger point releases, rehab exercises to keep you working at home are just a few things we can do to alleviate your pain.