The lower back is the region that connects the upper body to the lower body. Since it supports the majority of the body’s weight, lower back pain is a lot more common than you might think. It is not that difficult to hurt yourself by lifting a heavy object or reaching for something. In fact, the majority of people will experience some form of lower back pain at some point in their lives. Americans spend almost $50 billion each year to treat lower back pain, which is the most common cause of missed work days and job related injury or stress.
There are many causes of lower back pain, which include, but are not limited to:
- Overuse, strain, or injury
- Herniated disc
- Compression fractures
- Spinal problems you were born with
Acute back pain tends to fade within a few weeks. However, if left untreated, lower back pain can become chronic, especially if you are under a lot of stress or undergoing depression.
Depending on the cause of pain, symptoms can vary from:
- Dull pain
- Sharp pain
- Pain occurs over a small area
- Pain occurs over a wide area
- Muscle spasms
- Leg symptoms (pain, numbness, tingling)
Walking and rest are perhaps the simplest treatments for lower back pain. However, if your pain persists for a few weeks, further treatment (such as massage, spinal manipulation, and muscle strengthening exercises), may be needed.
Chiropractic treatment is a very effective way to treat lower back pain. Chiropractors will use hands-on spinal manipulation, aligning the body’s musculoskeletal structure so the body can heal itself. Applying heat or cold may also be used to alleviate any pain felt as a result of the lower back pain.
People who have had lower back pain are very likely to have it again. In order to avoid further pain you can practice the following things
- Practice good posture
- Stretching and low impact exercise, such as walking, swimming, or riding a stationary bike
- Wearing low heeled shoes
- Sleeping on your side
- If you sit for long periods at work, make sure your chair has good back support and take regular breaks to walk around
- If you lift heavy things for work, talk to your human resources department to see there are other ways to do your work.
- Do not depend on a lifting belt to protect your back.
If you are still suffering from lower back pain, make an appointment with us, Injury Clinic of Dallas, at 972-644-5555. One of our staff members will help you set up a time to come in for your free consultation and direct you to our office in Richardson, Texas and visit with our Chiropractor.