Lower back pain is extremely common and can generally be classified as acute (severe and sudden onset) or chronic (long-developing). Causes of lower back pain can vary from person to person, as each body has a uniqueness to it that can or cannot tolerate certain conditions that others may be unaffected by. Some common causes of lower back pain include sitting all day in front of a computer or behind the wheel, incorrect posture, and heavy lifting.
Ideally, someone experiencing lower back pain would be able to find relief through non-invasive surgeries and operations. Pain medication may help in many cases, but in the long run the expense and effects on the body are less than ideal. Chiropractic care primarily involves manipulation of the spine, or “manual adjustments”, which can bring relief in many types of back pain by realigning the vertebrae that make up the spine. It’s also important to keep in mind that chiropractic care is generally prescribed as a routine maintenance that may span weeks or months. While some patients may find relief from their symptoms from the first visit, it is important to continue the treatments, as they are generally “building towards” a goal.
There are a few simple things that people can do to prevent lower back pain, such as quitting smoking and getting exercise. Sure, that’s what every health care provider will tell you for just about anything, but that’s because exercise is crucial! The weight of your upper body puts a significant load on your spine, so exercising your back muscles will help your spine to bear the weight of your body. Try and stay mindful of your posture as you go throughout your day and you’ll find that poor posture is not an easy habit to correct! Just getting in the habit of being aware of your posture is a great start to correcting the issue.
If you are suffering from lower back pain, chiropractic care could be a solution. Find a reputable practitioner in your area and find out if your condition could be treated by chiropractic methods. If you live in the Fort Collins area of Northern Colorado, give us a call at McAndrew Chiropractic and schedule a free consultation so that you can find relief from lower back pain!