Low back pain is remarkably common. One in six Australians report having back pain this year. The pain experienced in the lower back can be acute (sudden, sharp and severe), or chronic (long-standing, dull and mild). Low back pain chiropractors often see patients after a case of chronic low back pain is exacerbated with injury and becomes acute.
What causes low back pain?
There are many causes of low back pain that your chiropractor will need to investigate. Injuries can occur to the bone, disc, ligaments, joints and muscles. There are many factors that contribute to low back pain such as arthritis, scoliosis, fitness, weight, age, nature of work and genetics.
What treatments can be delivered by a chiropractor for low back pain?
Each treatment will vary depending on the specific source and underlying causes of your low back pain. A low back pain chiropractor utilises multiple treatment techniques including; chiropractic adjustments (manipulation), joint mobility techniques, targeted massage, stretching, dry needling (acupuncture) and rehabilitation exercises. These techniques have been proven to be effective in reducing low back pain by the scientific controlled trials and are recommended by international clinical practice guidelines.
Other symptoms that can occur with low back pain include:
- Pain in the buttocks
- Pain down the leg (sciatica)
- Pins and needles or numbness in the leg or foot
- Muscle weakness of the lower limb