Eighty percent of people suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives.
Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. In fact, 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 lower back and the neck are very unstable parts of the spine when compared to the thoracic spine (mid back) because the thoracic spine is supported and stabilized by the rib cage. This instability allows us to have a great deal of mobility to touch our toes, swing a golf club, or pick something up from the ground, but at the cost of increased risk of injury, even from everyday activities.
As long as it is healthy and functioning correctly, the low back can withstand tremendous forces without injury. Professional powerlifters can pick up several hundred pounds off the floor without injuring their low back. However, if the low back is out of alignment or has weakened supporting muscles, something as simple as taking a bag of groceries out of the trunk of the car, picking something up off the floor, or even simply bending down to pet the dog can cause a low back injury. The lower back can also be damaged due to sprained ligaments, strained muscles, ruptured/bulging discs, herniated discs, muscle spasms, spinal misalignments, subluxations, trigger points, stress, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, falls, poor posture, and improper lifting techniques.
Until recently, researchers believed that back pain would heal on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true. Recent studies showed that when back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return. Common medical treatments for lower back pain include pills, and in severe cases, surgery. However, pain medications, muscle relaxers, and anti-inflammatory medications only serve to mask the symptoms of low back pain, tight muscles, and inflammation. The medications do not address the REASON for these symptoms, often leading to multiple flare-ups and a lifetime of dealing with pain and restricted activities. And while surgery is necessary in some severe cases, it is an extreme and irreversible treatment option that should be saved as a last resort in most cases.
It is important to take low back pain seriously and seek professional chiropractic care. At West Chester Chiropractic Center, we will look at the entire body with a thorough examination and any necessary x-rays, as well as taking a complete history in order to determine all the factors that resulted in your lower back pain. Once the true cause of your lower back pain is determined, we will put together an individualized treatment plan to get you back to enjoying your life without pain or restrictions. The treatment we offer in our office is effective, safe, non-invasive, and often shows immediate improvement in your movement and function. Treatment can include chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic exercises, decompression, traction, and soft tissue/muscle therapy or massage.
The primary treatment offered by chiropractors is called an adjustment. An adjustment restores normal motion and position of your bones and joints. Chiropractic for the low back has been repeatedly shown to be the most effective treatment for low back pain. In fact, major studies have shown that chiropractic care is more effective, cheaper, and has better long-term outcomes than any other treatment. This makes sense because chiropractic care is the only method of treatment that serves to re-establish normal spinal motion and position in the spine. All other treatments, such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest, only serve to decrease the symptoms of the problem and do not correct the problem itself. And chiropractic care is safe for the entire family! We offer a variety of chiropractic adjustment techniques, which are gentle enough even for newborn babies.
Do not put off treatment any longer. Living in pain is not normal. Get back to the life you want to live. Contact our chiropractors . . . we can help!
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