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Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints from American adults these days, and it’s not too surprising. After all, most Americans lead a sedentary lifestyle where they spend hours hunched over their desk or sitting. If you are dealing with lower back pain and popping pain relievers just aren’t cutting it, a chiropractor may be the ideal doctor to turn to for care.
If so, muscle strain could be the cause. Sometimes lifting heavy objects or any sudden twists or movements can cause the muscles and ligaments in our backs to overstretch, producing micro-tears. Pain can range from mild to severe, with some muscle strains actually being debilitating.
Treatment: Luckily, muscle strains often heal on their own. With the proper rest, over-the-counter pain medications, ice therapy, and stretching and strengthening exercises, most people will notice a marked improvement between a few days to a week. If you don’t, it’s time to see a chiropractor to get things back into alignment.
If so, you could be experiencing sciatica. This condition causes pain usually on one side of the body that gets worse when sitting or standing in place. You may also notice that some of the pain goes away when you start to move. Issues such as a herniated or compressed disc usually cause sciatica, so if you are experiencing this kind of back pain it’s important to see your chiropractor for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment: Certain OTC pain relievers like ibuprofen can reduce swelling and pain. Talk to your chiropractor about whether prescription muscle relaxants could help your sciatica symptoms. There are certain spinal adjustments and alignment options, including special exercises, that can help ease your sciatica. If the pain persists for several weeks without any relief from other treatments, then a chiropractor may need to talk about surgical options.
If so, degenerative disc disease might be the culprit. Patients as young as 20 years old can develop this disorder, which causes the vertebrae in the spine to deteriorate. As a result, inflammation and weakness can occur. Those with degenerative disc disorder also experience muscle spasms, as well as increased pain when sitting or when changing positions. Pain may be chronically mild with sudden spasms and it can last anywhere from a couple of days to several months.
Treatment: A variety of treatment options are available to successfully care for lower back pain caused by degenerative disc diseases. Everything from pain medication and massage therapy to spinal manipulation and electrical stimulation therapy can be effective in alleviating your symptoms.
Are you living with lower back pain? It’s time to get your pain under control, and a chiropractor can help. Call your chiropractor today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation. Get your back pain under control.
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