The low back (lumbar spine) has a huge responsibility; to maintain the stability and support of your entire body and provide strength to your posture.
Since it is such an intricate web of nerves, joints and muscles, it can be affected by the smallest impacts. Something as simple as sleeping in an awkward position or bending over to pick something up can cause issues in similar ways to more serious impacts such as an auto accident or a bodycheck in sports.
Whether or not you feel as though this issue is serious or not, it can cause a series of severe long-lasting effects such as radiation to other parts of your spine as well as sciatica and radiating pain into your legs. After the initial impact is experienced, a funnel of issues can develop where discomfort is felt and continues to worsen over time until the problem has been correctly addressed.
Low back pain can be completely debilitating. You may find yourself hunched over and not able to stand up, or it hurts when you attempt to make any movement. The seemingly simple things we take for granted everyday become all but impossible. Putting on socks, tying our shoes, opening a door or even rolling over in bed can trigger the pain.
Low back pain is one of the most common ailments experienced in our population.Many years of uncorrected spinal stresses or injuries to the body may over time become symptomatic. You may overlook the day to day aches and pains as a normal part of the aging process, but if left untreated, this pain can lead to more serious problems, such as a lumbar disc herniation.
A lumbar disc herniation typically presents itself through low back pain and leg pain, and is often described as sharp, stabbing, or piercing. It can also lead to weakness, numbness and tingling into the foot or toes, and aggravation can occur after bending, twisting, or lifting an object. A disc herniation can be referred to, often incorrectly, as many things: a ruptured, torn, slipped, or collapsed disc, disc protrusion, disc disease, black disc, compressed, or blown disc. The disc is a strong component of the spine, and it is believed that previous damage to the disc causes degeneration to start.
Over time, this will allow the nucleus, the jelly-like centre of the vertebra, to push through the annulus, the more fibrous area inside the vertebrae. The disrupted disc then releases inflammatory molecules, and if a nerve root is also compressed it can lead to decreased reflexes, foot drop, or inability to stand on the tip-toes.
However, not all disc herniations cause pain. It is important to understand the exact cause of your low back pain so that the appropriate treatment can be administered. Many people seek relief on their own and often look at treatments that are usually just a band-aid solution to a much larger underlying problem.
We approach your low back pain individually, working to figure out the exact cause of your low back pain and then providing individualized recommendations to help you get better, and stay better. It is through this detailed process that we investigate and diagnose the exact cause of your low back pain.We then recommend and provide appropriate treatment based on your condition to get you healing as quickly and effectively as possible. Every individual is unique and your condition should be treated as such.
We want to help you with your low back pain and we have worked successfully with many cases of low back pain.
Chiropractic care enables your body to heal properly by reducing compression in the spine & nervous system.
Every case is different & therefore is customized to your own individual needs.