Low Back Pain
Low Back Pain
If you’ve ever had lower back pain, you know how debilitating it can be and how it may keep you from doing what you want. Low back pain, unlike some other complaints in other areas of the body, often cannot be ignored.
It’s one of the leading causes of G.P visits and costs hundreds of millions of pounds a year to the NHS, as well as to the economy in sick days taken. Research shows us some 80% of adults at some point in their lives will be affected by back pain.
We know it often affects individuals not just physiologically, but also emotionally. It can have a significant impact on your life, affecting everything from mood, memory, and relationships.
What is Low Back Pain?
The lumbar spine, also known as the low back, is typical made up of 5 vertebrae (bones) supported by a complex of muscles, nerves, ligaments, fascia that all work together to offer support, mobility, strength, and flexibility.
Thankfully due it’s complex anatomy, it’s designed to tolerate a lot of stress! However as human beings we tend to due things repetitively, for long periods of time and over a long period of time.
Our modern sedentary lifestyles, often mean that most the time they’re not exposed to things that will make them robust! And so a cough, a sneeze, picking something up off the floor can all trigger an episode of back pain.
Whilst low back pain can be caused by a variety of injuries, ailments, or diseases. The most common tend to stem from the musculoskeletal (MSK) system. As a result, when an injury occurs, the body responds by initiating the very natural inflammatory healing process.
The intensity of pain can range from minor to severe. In many circumstances, discomfort makes it very difficult to perform tasks such as walking, sleeping, working and performing daily tasks.
What are the symptoms of Low Back Pain?
We typically group the symptoms based on the onset and duration of the pain:
● Acute pain:
This sort of pain usually occurs unexpectedly, suddenly and without warning and can lasts from a few days to a few weeks. It is usually seen as a normal physiological response to injury or tissue damage. Muscle tears/sprains, ligament/tendon sprains and trauma to the low back can cause acute back pain.
● Subacute low back pain:
This type of pain is usually mechanical in nature, like a muscle strain or joint ache. The typical duration is between 6 weeks and 3 months. It may have been preceded by the complaint starting then easing off only to be triggered again.
● Chronic back pain:
Lower back pain that lasts longer than three months and that does not readily respond to intervention if often termed chronic. Many times lifestyle factors play a big part in chronic low back pain and so a thorough case history can help Chiropractors identify areas which may need addressing to help aid recovery & reduce re-injury.
How can a Chiropractor help?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on the non-surgical treatment of nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system diseases. Many studies have shown that chiropractic manual techniques are beneficial in the treatment of low back pain.
The primary focus of Chiropractic care is to alleviate the pain, but importantly identify lifestyle factors that could be affecting how you feel. Working to manage them better through advice on diet, exercise, nutrition, sleep etc can really help you recover from back pain and reduce the risk of future episodes.
Contact us today to learn more about how Chiropractors treat chronic low back pain and start your road to recovery today!
Where are we?
Our chiropractic clinic is conveniently located in Moat Farm, Whetsted Rd, Five Oak Green, Tonbridge TN12 6RR, and free car parking is available.
Check out our services and book online or feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
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