Most people experience some instance of back pain in their lives, whether it be acute or chronic. When it strikes, don’t just treat the symptoms -- get at the root cause of pain so you find long-term relief. The team of functional medicine practitioners at Allied Integrative Health & Wellness in Cleveland offers a variety of therapies to treat and manage low back pain. To receive a treatment plan customized to your needs, call the office or use the online booking agent to make an appointment.
What are the symptoms of lower back pain?
Low back pain can manifest as a dull achiness or as sharp, shooting sensations. Issues in your lower back can also cause pain in your buttocks and legs, as well as stiffness in your hips and back.
What causes lower back pain?
Low back pain can arise due to a number of issues. These include:
- Poor posture
- Muscle strain
- Sports injury
- Heavy lifting
- Bending and twisting
- Herniated disc
Some of these issues lead to acute pain that lasts six weeks or less, while others--such as disc issues or arthritis--can cause back pain to linger chronically.
How is the cause of low back pain diagnosed?
Finding the exact cause of your lower back pain can be a challenge, and that’s why it’s a good idea to visit a spine specialist. Chiropractor Dr. Robert Whetstone does a thorough spinal analysis, including a physical exam and possible X-rays to find the possible cause of your low back pain.
He also reviews your medical history, lifestyle habits, exercise history, and symptoms. Certain factors, such as your weight, age, and a sedentary lifestyle, can put you at a greater risk for developing back pain.
How is back pain treated?
Treatment for your lower back pain depends a lot on the cause. Chiropractic treatments usually involve manual manipulations to free up blocked nerves. When your spine is properly aligned, the body can heal itself without surgery or medication. Adjustments can be helpful when the reason for your back pain has to do with trauma--such as a car accident or fall--repetitive stress on your back, or poor posture.
Physical therapy also helps you resolve postural abnormalities and address muscle weaknesses that may be contributing to your pain. Treatments may include electrical stimulation, stretching, strengthening exercises, mild muscle manipulation, and hot and cold therapy.
Other therapies, including massage and nutritional guidance, complement your treatment plan. The ultimate goal of the team at Allied Integrative Health & Wellness is to restore your function and provide relief from lower back pain.
Even after your back is feeling better, keep up regular visits to Allied Integrative Health & Wellness to maintain good spinal alignment and to prevent future instances of low back pain.