Is lower back pain (lumbago) common?
Most of us have had lower back pain at some point in our lives. Statistics show that one in eighteen people suffers from back pain every day. One in six says they have had back pain within the last month. Our chances of experiencing this unpleasant form of pain is 70 percent in our lifetimes.
What creates low back pain?
Back pain can be caused by organic, mechanical, or neurological issues. Each individual cause has different treatments and each one requires its own degree of necessity to treat in a given amount of time from onset.
What are the organic causes of low back pain?
There are many, many types of organic back pain. Some require emergency treatment. Some examples of organic back pain sources are cardiovascular, digestive, or genitourinary problems; or urinary tract infection.
When should I seek emergency treatment at a hospital?
If you have low back pain and a throbbing, pulsating mass in the abdomen – it could be an aneurism. Kidney stones can cause low back pain that comes in waves – do not hesitate to go to the ER. Although gas and other digestive issues can cause low back pain, it is not unheard of for appendicitis to also cause it. A urinary tract infection is back pain accompanied by symptoms such as fever, painful urination, or bloody urine – get treated as soon as possible.
Other signs that you should not wait to see your Ormond Beach chiropractor but should go to a hospital: severe pain that is constant and unrelieved by position; fever and/or vomiting along with back pain; pain that wakes you up, and keeps you up, at night; or bowel or bladder problems, such as losing control of going to the bathroom.
What are the mechanical causes of low back pain?
Mechanically-caused back pain involves the joints, tendons, or muscles and typically changes when you move or shift position. Mechanical causes of low back pain usually need mechanical solutions provided by your chiropractor. Chiropractors are the only doctors that treat stuck joints (subluxations), which can lead to degenerative arthritis in some cases, if left untreated.
Muscular problems such as strains, spasms, tightness, and imbalances can be addressed by your chiropractor. An unexpected source of mechanical back pain is foot dysfunction – chiropractors are your best place for a comprehensive foot examination to see if this is your root cause of back pain, and then treat it accordingly. Herniated disks in the vertebrae can cause severe back pain and are a chiropractic emergency.
What are the neurological causes of low back pain?
Subluxations, tight muscles, spasms, spinal stenosis, and sciatica can all irritate nerves to the point of needing to consult with your Ormond Beach chiropractor.
How should low back pain be treated?
Modern medical doctors will treat the symptoms but not always the underlying cause, especially if it is mechanical or neurological. Pain doctors and physical therapists often relieve pain temporarily. Your Ormond Beach chiropractor believes in finding the cause of the pain and finding a long term solution.
What type of chiropractic care relieves low back pain?
Your Ormond Beach chiropractor will use a full spectrum of adjustments and stretching to treat your back pain. Much of what a chiropractor does is therapy and rehabilitation for acute or chronic back pain: helping their patients recover from injuries that may have been hurting them for years. Chiropractic care for back pain is safe and effective – and it lasts!