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Natural Treatment for Low Back Pain

Written by Dr. Brad Barez, CCSP, QME, IDE.

Lumbar PainLow back pain is a common problem for many adults. About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed workdays.

There are many different types of low back pain. There is acute back pain. Which is pain in the low back that occurred within six weeks. Acute low back pain can be moderate to severe in nature. Next, there is chronic low back pain. This pain last more than 12 weeks and accounts for about 20% of the back pain seen today. Patients with back pain could have associated numbness, loss of motion, burning, or even tingling sensations. Most people think is normal to have this type of pain. However, pain is not normal. Pain is the body telling you there is something wrong.

When people get low back pain, this indicates there is pressure building on these low back nerves or also known as lumbar nerves. The lower five nerves of the low back are called lumbar nerves or lumbar L1, L2, L3, L4, L5nerves. These lumber nerves come out of the lower spine and control and coordinate the lower legs, hips, and even the ankles and toes. Most patients do not have symptoms in all of the areas mentioned, but usually one or two regions.

The Problem Causing Low Back Pain:

drugs-and-pillsLow back pain is usually caused by one or two mechanical structures interfering with these lumbar nerves. The most common cause of low back pain is a vertebral bone compressing directly on one or more of the spinal nerves. When a patient compresses these nerves beyond their pain threshold, the body will elicit a symptom such as low back pain. This problem is called the subluxation complex. The second most common cause of low back pain is a spinal disc compressing on one or more of the spine nerve roots previously mentioned.

When the spinal disc compresses the nerves hard enough to pass pain thresholds, low back pain will develop. Remember, the ONLY way a spinal disc can compress or be unbalanced is if the vertebrae above and below the spinal disc are misaligned, therefore compressing one or more of the above nerves.

The Safe Solution to Low back pain:

adjusting-on-beachFinding a good Chiropractor to treat the cause of low back pain is very important. Most treating Doctors treat the symptoms of low back pain, which causes long-term problems and at best temporary relief. A good Chiropractor will identify where the compression or interference of the nerve is using Chiropractic, orthopedic, neurological, and x-ray testing. Sometimes an MRI will need to be performed. Most examinations take between 30-60 minutes for good results.

Next, once the cause of the interference of the nerve is found, a good Chiropractor will use gentle Chiropractic manipulation to decompress the nerves that are causing the problems. Usually relief is very fast. If the problem has been developing over a long period of time, it could take a couple months to recover. Additionally, Chiropractors work with the soft tissue around the spine using various physical therapy techniques, and functional stretching and strengthening exercises.

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The Hidden Danger of Low back Pain Treatment:

Most people know when a sensory nerve is compressed. When a sensory nerve is compressed beyond their pain threshold, they will feel symptoms. When spinal nerves are compressed, most of the compression of these nerves control “autonomic function.” For example, when patients compress one or more of the spine nerves in the lower spine, immediately this shuts down the life to the organs such as the reproductive organs, bladder, and prostate of a male. Patients may or may not ever feel the effects of these organs functioning less until it is too late.

The danger of treating low back pain with pain medication is that the inhibition of these nerves is dangerous to the body. When a spinal nerve is compressed physically, the solution should be to physically decompress these nerves. Medications inhibit the spinal nerves, therefore allowing a patient to feel better, but the problem remains the same, and will get worse over time. The real solution is to physically decompress these nerves as much as the body will allow. This will not only make patients feel better, but will restore normal function back to the body.

The New Patient Offer

Back to Healthcare Chiropractic has been treating low back pain safely and effectively since 1994. Even before 1994, the owner’s mom was a Registered Physical Therapist trained out of UCLA was treating low back pain with great success. Our practice has a systematic way of treating low back pain or sciatic nerve pain using advanced, but gentle Chiropractic techniques, and proprietary Physical Therapy techniques. Our patients love using the new patient offer. They get a history, examination, report of finding by the Doctor, and x-rays if needed for a very affordable price. We do take most insurance, but we found most chose to pay out of pocket to avoid deductibles and the various insurance limitations. At Back to Healthcare Chiropractic, we always make getting healthy affordable.
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