What causes lower back pain?
The lower back is subjected to considerable strain all day long, helping to support and balance the body even during sleep, in addition to playing a major role in many activities. Lower back pain can be caused by many factors, including repetitive activities like bending or lifting, carrying heavy or unbalanced loads, poor posture, sleeping on an unsupportive mattress, knee or hip problems, conditions affecting the spine or discs, nerve-related problems, sports or work-related accidents, car accidents, osteoarthritis and many other issues. Determining the underlying cause of back pain requires special expertise to ensure the most effective and appropriate treatment is applied.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a type of low back pain that develops when the sciatic nerve becomes compressed or “pinched” where it exits the spine. The sciatic nerve comprises two main branches. Each branch travels down one leg. In sciatica, one or sometimes both branches become compressed, causing pain and deep aching in the low back and, usually, additional symptoms of pain, numbness or burning that radiate into the buttocks, hips, and legs. Treating sciatica focuses on addressing the underlying nerve compression, which often responds well to spinal adjustment or physical therapy.
How can a chiropractor help resolve issues of lower back pain?
Chiropractors are skilled in issues affecting or involving the spine, including injuries, diseases and acute and chronic disorders. An experienced chiropractor is trained in hands-on evaluation techniques that can be especially effective in pinpointing the causes of lower back pain, so treatment can target these issues for an immediate and long-term relief of symptoms. Many lower back pain issues are resolved with chiropractic adjustments, often in combination with deep tissue manipulation, therapeutic massage, physical therapy and gentle stretching exercises. Personalized guidance can also help patients address lifestyle issues that may be contributing to their symptoms.