Lower Back Pain

Spinal manipulation is an effective lower back pain treatment option provided by our Birmingham chiropractor at Chiropractic Today. You are welcome to request a consultation for us to explain how you can benefit from spinal adjustments and other chiropractic care options available for acute and chronic back pain.

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Common Reasons for Low Back Pain

Age is a natural risk factor of back pain caused by worn lumbar discs (also called degenerative disc disease). But there are a variety of other causes or risk factors, including:

  • Frequent heavy lifting heavy
  • Low back injury from a fall or auto accident
  • Conditions such as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis
  • Excess weight on the spine from pregnancy, obesity, or prolonged sitting

The injury may be a minor muscle strain or ligament sprain. However, an accident injury may shift the lumbar spine out of alignment causing the disc to bulge or herniate. Bulging and herniated discs can cause unbearable pain, particularly if the disc ends up irritating the nerve. This may result in nerve root pain or sciatica symptoms.

Lower Back Pain Symptoms

The pain can be dull and irregular to persistent and excruciating. Numbness, tingling, and weakness in the buttock, thigh, or leg are signs of a pinched sciatic nerve or lumbar nerve root. Other potential symptoms include:

  • Stiffness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Increased pain with activity or rest

Lower Back Pain Diagnosis and Treatment

We will need to evaluate your symptoms, lifestyle habits, x-ray the spine, and perform range of motion tests. A nerve test, orthopedic test, CT scan, or MRI may be requested if needed. The goal is to find and treat the root cause of your pain. Your personalized wellness plan may include:

  • Spinal adjustment: This non-surgical treatment involves gentle hand thrusts which work to realign the spinal joints. Restoring the spine to its proper position relieves pressure on the disc and nerve, stops pain, increases flexibility, and help the disc heal.
  • Flexion-distraction therapy: Our chiropractic physician may perform this therapy to correct bulging or herniated disc. The results are achieved by gently stretching the spine to increase disc space and allow the troubled disc to reposition itself.
  • Massage and rehabilitative therapies: Chiropractic massages and shiatsu massage therapy provide additional relief for stiff or aching muscles and stimulate healing. We also encourage patients to do special exercises to strengthen the muscles and restore balance.

Call Chiropractic Today in Birmingham, AL

You do not have to tolerate unbearable or chronic back pain lasting for weeks. Just call or visit Dr. Palmer for natural relief. We also provide safe, gentle pregnancy chiropractic to ease the growing pains of pregnancy. Call (205) 991-3511 to schedule an appointment.

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