How Can I Treat My Lower Back Pain?
Lower back pain is such a ‘pain in the ass’, every pun intended. It’s involved in every waist motion you can think of and this makes it impossible to ignore. You can get chiro care from our chiropractor in 90503 whenever you need it. In this article, we will try to discuss the causes, risk factors, and ways to prevent lower back pain.
What Causes Lower Back Pain?
The most common cause of lower back pain is one you can easily think of. What happens when you lift heavy objects for long periods or stand too long? Low back pain. Why? Lumbar strain. This is a stretch injury to the ligaments, tendons, and/or the muscles of the lower back. It happens due to overuse (such as in heavy lifting) or trauma to the back. The pain comes as a result of microscopic tears in various degrees.
The older we grow, the more prone we are to a lumbar strain. This is why it happens more to people in their 40s and above. Depending on the extent of injury, one may say that the strain is mild, moderate, or severe. The level of injury also determines the extent of muscle spasm in lumbar strain.
Another cause of lower back pain is nerve irritation and lumbar radiculopathy. Nerve irritation comes from damage to the lumbar spinal nerves by mechanical pressure due to a bone or any other tissue pressing on it. Conditions, where this can happen, include lumbar disc disease (radiculopathy), bony encroachment, and inflammation of the nerves caused by a viral infection (shingles).
Sometimes, people complain of low back pain that shoots down the leg. This is known as ‘sciatica’. It may be accompanied by some numbness and tingling. In severe cases, urinary or fecal incontinence happens. This happens because the central portion of a disc between two vertebra ruptures and damages the spinal nerves. If this happens, our chiropractor in Torrance offers quality treatment.
Some people are born with conditions that predispose them to low back pain. One such condition is scoliosis which refers to an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. Treatment often requires surgery.
As we grow old, it’s normal that our tissues start to wear and tear. The discs in between the vertebra start to wear out and the joints lose their mobility due to old age. These can also cause low back pain. Osteoarthritis is another condition that can cause low back pain.
Low back pain doesn’t always have to be from conditions of the spinal vertebra or nerves. Sometimes, it’s from entirely different structures. Pregnant women sometimes suffer low back pain. Why? The growing uterus can impinge on the spine and cause pain. Matters are not helped by the hormonal effects of pregnancy on the ligaments and other structures in the back. This is why back stretching exercises are recommended in pregnant women to ease some pain.
Kidney problems, ovarian diseases, and some cancers may also cause low back pain.
Risk Factors For Low Back Pain
As you might already know, people who engage in heavy lifting, throwing, and athletic activity are prone to low back pain. Aging is another risk factor, as well as pregnancy.
You should also know that low back pain may be associated with other symptoms. We have mentioned a few in association with ‘sciatica’. Others include rash, fever, chills, weight loss, abdominal pains, burning on urination, dizziness, joint pain, and fatigue.
How Is Low Back Pain Treated?
The first step is finding the cause of the pain. This helps to know the appropriate treatment. Many times, a combination of therapeutic approaches is used. Hence, you can receive care from a chiropractor near you as well as take medication or even undergo surgery.
Our chiro practitioner near you is well versed in the treatment of low back pain by manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine. Once normal spinal mobility is restored, the pain goes away.
Of course, lower back pain is best prevented than treated. This is why we advise that you reduce activities that increase risk such as heavy lifting and throwing especially as you age.