Low Back Pain
Lower back pain sufferers know what it’s like when your lower back “goes out” – you can barely stand up, let alone do everything you need to do in a day: work, spend time with your kids, walk the dog or even make dinner. But what causes lower back pain? And more importantly, is there anything that can be done about it that doesn’t involve drugs?
Low Back Pain Causes
Lower back pain causes more people to miss work than almost anything else. And because most traditional back pain treatments focus only on alleviating the symptoms without looking into the underlying condition, the back pain returns again and again. These traditional treatments often consist of:
- Physical therapy (overtaxes already strained structures)
- Medication (numbs the body and mind; dangerous side effects and drug interactions)
- Bed rest (prolongs the problem; weakens the muscles)
- Surgery (permanently alters the body by removing or fusing structures)
“The bad news is, none of these treatments work to correct the underlying problem – and they create additional problems of their own. The good news is, back pain is generally not caused by anything too serious, and there is a natural solution that addresses the root cause,” adds this enthusiastic Fayetteville chiropractor.Most lower back pain is caused by degeneration, traumas or herniated discs. Degeneration includes conditions such as osteoarthritis, which can result in painful bone spurs that impinge upon the spinal canal. Traumas such as falls, motor vehicle accidents and minor incidents like twisting suddenly or lifting incorrectly often result in strained lower back muscles. When these muscles don’t function properly due to strain or tightness, they can apply pressure to other spinal structures, irritating nerves directly or pulling structures out of normal position. And herniated discs – often called “bulging discs” because the pulpy matter inside the disc begins to bulge and leak – fail to provide the necessary cushioning between vertebrae and bulge out into the spinal canal, irritating the nerves that travel through the canal.
What all of these causes have in common is that they irritate and inflame the nerves of the spine, creating pain in any area served by the affected nerves. When those nerves serve the lower back, you experience lower back pain. If one of these nerves is the sciatic nerve, you may experience low back and leg pain – called sciatica.
“Just because the traditional treatments for lower back pain don’t help the underlying issues doesn’t mean you have to live with pain,” reminds this NW Calgary Chiropractor. “Chiropractic has helped millions of former back pain sufferers – and you can become one of them!”
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By identifying the cause of your low back pain and treating it with gently applied adjustments, chiropractic can provide lasting back pain relief with no side effects. All you have to do to find out if chiropractic can help you is call one of our sympathetic ChooseNatural.com sponsors for a consultation.
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You and your ChooseNatural.com chiropractor will get to know each other, and you’ll answer many questions about your lifestyle as well as your symptoms to give your doctor a clear idea of what’s causing your low back pain symptoms. A thorough examination will fill in any blanks. Then the doctor will explain the results of the exam, as well as indicate an approach for correcting any misalignments that were discovered. When the spinal structures are returned to normal position, nerve interference is reduced or eliminated and pain is relieved.
“Naturally, everyone’s results are unique and a particular outcome can’t be predicted, but many patients report near-immediate relief,” says this Southlake Chiropractor. Others feel that a continuing regimen of chiropractic helps alleviate the pain of long-standing degenerative conditions.
Low Back Pain Drug Risks
It’s common to reach for the pain relievers when you experience lower back pain – after all, you want to get back to work and life! Unfortunately, over the counter and prescription pain relievers offer myriad side effects and drug interactions, and all they do is temporarily mask the pain. The following are some common low back pain medications and some of their possible side effects.
|Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naprosyn||Brand names include Bayer, Motrin, Aleve. Potential risks include blood clots, stomach ulcers and heart attacks; can interact negatively with lithium, blood thinners and blood pressure medications.|
|Tricyclic Antidepressants||Brand names include Elavil and Endep. Potential risks include insomnia, chest pain and pounding heartbeat; can interact negatively with MAOI’s and heart rhythm medication.|
|Muscle Relaxants||Brand names include Valium and Flexeril. Potential risks include depression, chest pain and hallucinations; can be addictive and interact negatively with antidepressants.|
|Narcotics||Brand names include OxyContin and Tylenol-3. Potential risks include slow heartbeat, convulsions and fainting; can be addictive and interact negatively with other pain relievers and muscle relaxants.|
When you just treat the symptoms of low back pain, the pain comes back – often at the most inopportune moment! But when you address the cause of the low back pain, lasting relief is not just a pipe dream. Call a ChooseNatural.com chiropractor near you today and find your way back to true health!