Adults, male or female, will most likely suffer from pain in the lower back at some point. The majority of the adult population sits most of the day at work. 80% of the adult population who experience lower back pain and are in search of chronic back pain relief. Persistent pain becomes chronic; affecting one’s ability to move the joints properly, causing a person to consistently lose focus on work. Sedentary lifestyles, due to non-activity or lack of mobility, results to chronic back pain.
What Causes Chronic Back Pain?
Back pain is considered chronic if it lasts for 12 weeks or more. If it is less than this, it is considered acute. At times, the pain goes away on its own.
Age, trauma, and sedentary lifestyles can be a huge factor for the onset of lower back pain. The bones, joints, discs begin to degenerate when one gets older or is under mechanical stress, and this process is called spinal degeneration or arthritis. This wear and tear of the bones in the body is common, especially when these parts are stressed due to some heavy activities.
Common causes of back pain:
- Sprains in the ligament or strains in the muscle (over stretching and lifting of heavy objects)
- Deterioration of the spinal disc
- Narrowing of the spinal column called spinal stenosis
- Scoliosis or abnormality of the spine
- Traumatic injury
- Pinched nerve
- Sciatic nerve
Occasional lower back pain is may be serious. But when prolonged pain is neglected, it could lead to chronic back pain. The underlying conditions of chronic back pain are important and should be addressed.
Know the signs and symptoms of chronic back pain and what to do about it.
Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Back Pain
Most of the common signs of chronic back pain may just be passing pain and can be ignored. Yet, the following symptoms will help you understand the severity of your condition:
- Burning pain in the muscles of your lower back
- Stabbing pain that impedes your bending
- Pain that moves down or shoots down to the legs
- Lifting something or reaching for something resulting in pain
- Relief from back pain when you sit or lie down
We focus on finding the underlying mechanical issues in the spine. We will use specific back pain treatment such as the DRX9000 to treat herniated disc, give pain relief with spinal stenosis or lack of motion in the back. Oftentimes, when pain radiates down the leg or is characterized as Sciatica, the DRX9000 can be an effective non surgical tool to correct the problem. When we measure and analyze the lumbar spine, we may locate the exact area creating the pain in your body. Once we have identified the source of chronic lower back pain, we can design a treatment plan to get you pain relief.
We also are the premiere office for the NUCCA chiropractic technique. When we measure and assess a patient for spinal instability or pain, we will measure range of motion, perform muscle strength testing, full nervous system testing of the lumbar spine and xrays to determine the best treatment to help you find relief.
We measure posture to understand how we need to restore balance and function to the spine. For example, we may assess one hip is not level, one leg may look short and contracted due to muscle imbalance. One shoulder may be not level or twisted. We may measure a large weight shift of the body to one side due to pain present with walking or standing. Once we have the details and understand how your spine is moving or perhaps more importantly not moving, we can make a clear path to correcting how your spine is moving. This will improve posture and help you stand more upright.
For severe back pain like what is described here, call us today for chronic back pain relief that lasts.