October 1, 2013

Lower Back Pain

Low back pain can be caused by many things. It is important to isolate the source of pain, the duration, and the intensity of your symptoms. Most low back pain is triggered by some combination of overuse, muscle strain, and injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support the spine. Over time muscle strain can lead to an overall imbalance in the spinal structure. This leads to a constant tension on the muscles, ligaments, bones, and discs, making the back more prone to injury or re-injury. Proper exercises, stretches, and chiropractic treatment can help to reduce low back pain and help prevent future episodes. Whether you step off a curb the wrong way, injure it lifting something heavy at work or even injure it in a motor vehicle accident treatment can
help you.
It is important to differentiate Neuromusculoskeletal (somatic and neuropathic) pain (pain from muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, bones, nerves, and discs) from visceral pain (pain referred from organs). Physical examination and a thorough history of the problem will give the clinician a better understanding as to what is causing the symptoms. Diagnostic testing in the form of x-ray, MRI, urinalysis, and even blood draws may be required in cases that are more complex. If you experience low back pain it is important to have it evaluated and treated to help improve the quality of life and to help prevent future episodes through education and exercises that are available to you.