Our Stone Mountain Chiropractor Can Treat Your Lower Back Pain
About 80% of us will have lower back pain at least once in our lifetime—and unfortunately for many of us, once just isn't enough. Low back pain is a common cause of worldwide disability, missed work, and general dysfunction. Our Stone Mountain chiropractor is doing his part to decrease the prevalence of this health condition in our Georgia community by providing advanced natural back pain care and patient education.
Common Causes of/Risk Factors for Lower Back Pain
Your back is an intricate highway of nerves, muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, joints, discs, fascia, and blood vessels. These connective tissue structures work together to allow you to do everything from stand up to lift and carry objects. Sometimes, however, the system can start to break down and lead to pain, especially in the lower back. Here are a few of the most common reasons why:
- Nerve compression (including compression of the sciatic nerve, called sciatica)
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Disc herniation or disc bulge
- Acute soft tissue injury (e.g., muscle strain or ligament sprain)
- Joint locking or misalignment (including spondylolisthesis, where one vertebral bone slides forward relative to the one beneath it)
Other less common causes exist, including referred pain from organs, tumors, or secondary effects of other underlying health conditions. As mentioned, we're all at risk for having back pain at least once, but you may be more at risk if you have certain positive risk factors:
- A history of lower back pain or injury
- Tobacco use
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Overweight or obese
- Mood and stress problems, including depression and anxiety
- Physically demanding job
- Age between 30-50+
In addition to the back pain itself (often described by our patients as dull, achy, and sore), lower back pain also can present with other symptoms, too, including numbness, tingling, and weakness in one leg, stiffness in the lower back, decreased flexibility in the legs (especially the hamstrings and hip flexors), and muscle tenderness.
How Chiropractic Care Can Relieve & Resolve Your Low Back Pain
Chiropractic care is all about identifying the underlying causes contributing to a pain condition, then addressing these causes as well as treating symptoms—this maximizes the effectiveness and sustainability of relief. Stone Mountain Chiropractor Dr. Wilkerson uses a variety of techniques to provide this exact impact for his patients, including:
- Chiropractic care, including spinal adjustments
- Massage therapy
- Corrective exercise prescription for strengthening and flexibility
- Drug-free pain-relieving modalities, including ultrasound, diathermy, and electrical stimulation
Suffering From Lower Back Pain? You're Not Alone—Contact Our Stone Mountain Chiropractor For Help & Healing Today
Dr. Charles Wilkerson has been a Stone Mountain Chiropractor for several years, and of all the condition he's evaluated, diagnosed, and treated, lower back pain is certainly the most common complaint.
If you're currently dealing with this in your life and are looking for drug-free relief that touches on the core of your issues, then contact Stoneview Injury Wellness Clinic today by calling (404) 299-9066.