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Reliable Information – Low Back Pain Treatment Revisited

Reliable Information – Low Back Pain Treatment Revisited

low back pain amarillo chiropractor

The lower back provides movement, structural support and protection for specific body tissues. It supports our upper body weight and assists us in carrying out actions such as bending, rotating, twisting, stretching etc. Injuries to ligaments, muscles, spines and tendons can cause lower back pain and prevent us from carrying out essential functions with the lower back.

Lower back pain is likely to occur at any point in the life of an adult. Recent studies have shown that at a point in our lives, about 80% of people will experience lower back pain (LBP)

Common causes of lower back pain

Likely cause of pain in the lower back includes the following:

  • Lumbar facet syndrome

For people under 50 years old, facet syndrome is the #2 most common malady. In fact, 30% of patients are afflicted with it. But, for patients over the age 50 years old, it is the NUMBER ONEmost common lower back condition. Facet syndrome is commonly provoked by leaning backward at the waist or leaning backward and rotation either way simultaneously. Facets are not typically provoked by rising from a chair and walking does not typically cause pain. However, activities that include slightly bending forward (folding laundry, washing the dishes, running the vacuum) very commonly provoke facet pain.

  • Sacroiliac (SI) Dysfunction

SI dysfunction is actually the third most common malady causing low back pain. While there is not much room between the tailbone (sacrum) and the large ‘hip bones’ (ilia) but there is enough to trigger significant pain when they are not working properly with each other. SI pain is commonly provoked by standing from a chair or upon walking.

  • Lumbar sprain/strain

A lumbar sprain/strain is usually more acute or subacute which means it has been present for less that 3-6 months. Beyond 3-6 months, pain is moving into ‘chronic’ territory and becomes much more of a challenge to treat. Lumbar sprain is an injury to the ligaments in the region while a lumbar strain is an injury to the muscles.

  • Lumbar Disc Herniation/Bulging

Often, irritation of the lumbar spine occurs as a result of mechanical pressure exerted by lumbar discs. A disc injury can cause issues in different ways. One common way is through releasing inflammatory chemicals that irritate the nerves that exit the spinal cord in the area. Another way disc injury or herniation can affect the nerve is for it to push or compress directly onto the nerve. A lumbar radiculopathy (most commonly known as ‘sciatica’) is a form of nerve irritation which is usually a result of damaged or ruptured discs. Sciatica does not typically happen on its own. It is typically the result of something happening higher up the chain near or in the spinal cord.

Spinal Decompression – Does It Work?

 

  • Lumbar Stenosis

Stenosis is really just a fancy word to describe a hole that is now smaller. The question is, “Why is the hole smaller and can it be helped?” Stenosis can be fairly easy to identify by asking the patient is they have the ‘Shopping Care Sign’. Imagine you are walking around the grocery store and doing so hurts your lower back. If the pain is eased by leaning forward on your elbows and resting them on the shopping care, then you have the ‘Shopping Cart Sign’ which means you have a good chance of having stenosis. Stenosis is usually provoked by walking and usually eased by bending forward or sitting down.  Stenosis can be very frustrating for the patient as well as frustrating for the doctor but, there are effective protocols that can help if you are going to a knowledgeable doctor experienced in treating lumbar stenosis.

Disc Degeneration – Yes, A Chiropractor Can Help That

 

Other likely causes of lower back pain include:

  • Smoking
  • Trunk twisting
  • Falls
  • Sitting in a position for a long time
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary jobs
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Highly physical jobs

How chiropractors treat low back pain

As you may imagine, treatment varies with the cause. Depending on what is causing the back pain, chiropractors in Amarillo have a broad management approach that can tailor treatment and focus in on the cause.

For example, our Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Jeff Williams, makes use of non-surgical decompression therapy, cold laser therapy, targeted exercise/rehabilitation, balance training, spinal manipulative therapy, massage, and acupuncture to treat lower back pain.

Creek Stone Integrated Care is truly a one-stop shop for anything considered to be non-complicated musculoskeletal pain.

Non-surgical decompression therapy process description.

Since disc herniations and bulges can be not only the most prevalent complication, but the most serious complication, let us discuss some specifics as far as treatment for disc herniation and disc bulges.

The best ways of treating disc pain safely and effectively are spinal manipulative therapy, targeted exercise, and non-surgical decompression.

Non-surgical decompression treatment is very useful in alleviating back pain and reducing muscle stiffness. The therapy session involves placing you on a motorized table connected to a monitoring device or computer system. You are fitted into two harnesses around your trunk and pelvis for stabilization of your body. The upper part of your body is held in place while only the lower part of your body is free to move back and forth to give your body the required traction. Amarillo chiropractors are experienced professionals who are well trained in operating such equipment.

The computer is manually operated to move to ensure the right movement in the lower body. You will also experience a feeling of being stretched. Any intense feeling of pain should be reported to the chiropractor immediately so the equipment settings can be adjusted or you are taken off from the equipment table. Spinal stretching helps to relieve compressed discs pressure.

The duration of the therapy is between 30 -45 minutes and can provide a relaxing and pain-relieving experience. Decompressed discs ensure that oxygen, water and nutrient-rich fluid enters into the spine and speed up the healing process. Your chiropractor may arrange for further non- surgical decompression therapy sessions depending on the extent of damage to your spinal discs.

How we can help

If you are suffering from disc degeneration and this is taking much of your time as you are not allowed to carry out your usual daily activities, then you might want to consider us.

We are one of the best chiropractors in Amarillo, and our compassionate team will not only help you with the best and most effective chiropractic adjustment, but we can also provide you with knowledge on how to take control of your health.

Our lead chiropractor is a specialist in orthopedics and the neuromusculoskeletal system and has an advanced certification in whiplash biomechanics and traumatology.  Dr. Williams is currently undergoing study towards his certification as a Diplomate in the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and will get certified in about two months.

 

Creek Stone Integrated Care

Jeff Williams, DC

3501 SW 45th St., Ste T

Amarillo, TX 79109

 

PS – Don’t miss Dr. Williams’s Chiropractic Forward Podcast!

https://www.chiropracticforward.com

 

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