Understanding Your Options For Treating Lower Back Pain

Understanding lower back pain

Low back pain affects as many as 31 million Americans at any given time. The affliction contributes to missed work – 264 million lost days in one year -- and high medical costs.

Even if you’re healthy and active, you’re still susceptible to low back pain. Up to 80% of the population will experience low back pain at some point in time, regardless of age – it affects adolescents, adults, and the elderly.

Relief from back pain is attainable with treatment at our office. Dr. Whetstone evaluates the root cause of your discomfort and offers a number of therapies that are quite successful in helping relieve this pervasive condition.

Chiropractic manipulations

Spinal manipulations provided here in our office by Dr. Whetstone free up trapped nerves that cause low back pain. He uses his hands or tools to apply controlled force that realigns the spine. Manipulations don’t hurt, but give you the proper alignment that allows your circulation to flow and nerves to operate properly – releasing pain.

Spinal manipulations are safe, especially when delivered by someone with the experience of Dr. Whetstone. You may have some tiredness or mild soreness a day following, but the long-term relief is worth it. Spinal manipulations work at least as well, if not better, than pain-relieving medications and get at the root cause of your pain – they don’t just mask the symptoms. Spinal manipulations don’t have all the nasty side effects of medication either.

Manipulations are particularly effective when you’ve experienced some sort of trauma that’s resulting in back pain. A car accident, fall, or sport injury, for example. You also benefit from manipulations if your low back pain is due to repetitive stress or poor posture.

Physical therapy

Sometimes low back pain results from abnormal movement patterns. Physical therapy can teach you how to warm up before physical activity, how to position your body when lifting or moving heavy objects, and provide exercises to release trapped nerves that can cause radiating pain from your low back down your legs (sciatica.)

If you have postural abnormalities or muscle imbalances and weakness causing your pain, physical therapy is also an asset. Exercises can help reform your movement to prevent future episodes of pain. Strengthening and stretching exercises are part of a comprehensive low back treatment plan.

For physical therapy to be successful, however, you have to take what you learn in our office and apply the exercises at home. We give you a prescribed schedule – following it increases the effectiveness of our care.

 

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