Eighty percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. It is estimated that low back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10% of all people experience frequent bouts of low back pain.

The low back is susceptible to injury and pain when it is unstable or weak. As long as the low back is healthy and functioning correctly, it can withstand tremendous forces without injury. Professional power lifters can pick up several hundred pounds off the floor without injuring their low back; however, if the low back is out of adjustment or has weakened supporting muscles, something as simple as taking a bag of groceries out of the trunk of their car, picking something up off the floor, or even simply bending down to pet the cat can cause a low back injury.

There are many different conditions that can result in low back pain, including: sprained ligaments, strained muscles, ruptured discs, trigger points and inflamed joints.

Some patients seek care for injuries caused by participation in a sport, involvement in a car accident or from a fall. Other patients find that even the simplest movements, like picking up a pencil from the floor can have painful results. In addition, conditions such as arthritis, poor posture, and obesity can be causes of low back pain.

Because there are many causes of low back pain, it is important to seek professional help. Chiropractors are skilled at diagnosing the cause and determining the proper treatment for low back pain. Here are some of the most common causes for low back pain:


When there is a disruption in the normal movement or position of the vertebrae, the result is pain and inflammation. In the lumbar spine, these usually occur at the transition between the lower spine and the sacrum. Subluxations can lead to debilitating low back pain. Chiropractors are experts for treating subluxations.

Disc Herniations

Herniated discs can be a source of intense and debilitating pain. The disc is a cushion between the spinal bones, the sides of this cushion can sometimes tear and the center of the disc will push though the torn tissue and press on a spinal nerve. Chiropractic care has been effective in treating herniated discs.

Sprains, Strains and Spasms

Sprains are injuries to the ligaments the tissues that hold a bone to a bone. Strains are injuries to the tissues that hold a muscle to a bone. Spasms are an uncontrollable contraction of a muscle. These injuries occur suddenly, a fall, or occur over a long period of time, using a computer that is not set up properly for the person using the computer. Injuries to these soft tissues cause pain, swelling, tightness, altered posture, weakness of muscles, limited movement of the joints. Chiropractic care helps these soft tissues to heal and functon normally.

Treating Low Back Pain with Chiropractic

Chiropractic treatment for low back pain involves manipulation of the spinal joints. Often theapy on the soft tissues is used as well. The goal is to re-establish normal motion and position of the spinal veribrae and joints.

Chiropractic for the low back has been shown to be an effective treatment for low back pain.

Major studies have shown that chiropractic care is more effective, cheaper and has better long-term outcomes than any other treatment. Chiropractic care is the only method of treatment that serves to re-establish normal vertebral motion and position in the spine. All other treatments, such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest function to decrease the symptoms of the problem and do not correct the problem itself.


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