Reduce back pain is a special type of lower back pain that could indicate a serious problem with your spine. The causes of back pain are numerous; some are self-inflicted due to a lifetime of bad habits. Reduce back pain can suck the joy out of your days for weeks, months, even years.
Lumbago is another word that is commonly used to identify lower back pain. Lower back pain is a common complaint that will be felt by 80% of people at some point during their lives. Lumbago symptoms can vary between dull, sharp and achy to constant pain or pain that is felt with specific movements or activities. Lower back pain can have sudden onset if you fall or have a specific injury, or it can get manifest slowly and worsen as time passes. Continue reading “Understanding Lumbago Or Lower Back Pain”
The term “Slipped Disc” has become so prevalent a term used to describe a herniated disc, search engines such as Google Search know to present herniated disc content listings when someone searches for something like “Slipped Disc Treatment”.
A herniated disc is a condition in which the annulus fibrosus (outer portion) of the vertebral disc is torn, enabling the nucleus (inner portion) to herniate or extrude through the fibers. It is relatively rare in the thoracic region of the spine. Pain from a herniated disc is a complex and painful personal experience. It is a prevalent source of neck, arm, back, and leg pain typically seen in adults between 30 and 50 years of age. Sometimes the symptoms of a herniated disc are hard to distinguish from those of other back problems. Continue reading “Chiropractor San Diego Herniated Disc Discussion”
Lower back pain or pain that travels any distance down your leg is likely related to the sciatic nerve (aka sciatic n.). These nerves (one for each leg) are formed by a merging of the nerve roots that exit from the five vertebrae that shape your lower back. The sciatic nerve is responsible for transmitting all the information from your brain to each leg and likewise from your leg up to your brain.
If you happen to drop a weight on your foot, this is the nerve that relays the painful sensation from your leg to your brain. In the scenario from the last sentence, it is the sciatic nerve that also carries the nervous impulse from your brain down to your leg allowing you to pull your injured foot away from the weight. Continue reading “Sciatic Nerve – Sciatic Nerve Pain, Insurance Approved”
Piriformis syndrome occurs when the piriformis muscle causes compression of the sciatic nerve. There are a wide variety of activities that can cause the piriformis muscle to tighten and pinch the sciatic nerve. Sitting for long periods of time can irritate the piriformis muscle as can jogging, running and lifting weights.
Compression of the sciatic nerve causes sciatica – a painful condition that can include gluteal pain, back pain and in some cases pain and weakness all the way down your leg. Piriformis syndrome is a frequent contributor to the symptoms of low back pain.
As our spinal cord passes through our lumbar vertebrae it divides and creates a sciatic nerve that travels down each leg. Sciatica is a painful condition in which the sciatic nerve becomes irritated or inflamed causing pain, weakness and / or other symptoms in the legs and for many patients – low back pain. The sciatic nerve can be compressed by a swollen disc, a herniated disc, arthritis or spasmed muscles. There are other more serious conditions that can irritate the sciatic nerve but thankfully they are rare. Continue reading “Sciatica – Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment”
As a San Diego chiropractor, I spend alot of my time each day treating lower back pain in my patients. Statistics show that about 80% of the population will experience significant lower back pain at some point during their lifetime. Most of my patients experience low back pain because of a lack of exercise combined with a poor diet and postural stress. As you might imagine, treating lower back pain successfully takes more than chiropractic adjustments.
Treating Lower Back Pain in San Diego
Treating low back pain needs to include some lifestyle improvements for many of my chiropractic patients. I always tell my patients that they need to identify the things that they do to aggravate their backs and eliminate or modify them. As it turns out, the best time to pinpoint specific things that aggravate your back is while you have back pain.
All you have to do is pay attention to the movements or positions that make your pain worse. The activities that aggravate your back while you are in pain are the same activities that stress your back everyday – modifying these activities will decrease the daily stress you put on your back making future episodes of back pain less likely. Eliminating the source of irritation is extremely important for fast healing with limited set backs.
There are Stabilizing Exercises for Lower Back Pain
There are specific stretches and exercises that can help with stabilizing lower back pain. In many cases patients have tight hamstrings that need to be stretched and weak abs and glutes that need to be strengthened. Weak and overstretched muscle groups vary from patient to patient so it is best to get evaluated before you begin specific exercises for treating lower back pain.
Chiropractic care for treating low back pain normally includes therapy to help relax muscles and reduce inflammation combined with joint adjustments that help reduce pain and improve range of motion. Once your pain is reduced you will benefit from specific stretches and exercises that will help increase strength and flexibility making your lower back more resistant to future episodes of pain.
We are all guilty of not doing enough lower back stretches (well, at least most of us don’t stretch enough!). I have found that if I give the patients of my San Diego chiropractic clinic stretches that are easy and convenient that there is a much better chance that they will actually do them. Stretches help us maintain our flexibility but even more importantly they help us avoid injuries. The bottom line is that my patients who stretch on a regular basis are healthier than those who don’t. That being said, here are a few “television stretches” that I like to give to my patients that help them “limber up” while they are watching the tube.
Chronic back pain treatment has both similarities and differences from acute back pain treatment. Chronic, by definition, is a condition that has been symptomatic for a period of time longer than three months. At my chiropractic clinic in San Diego we often see new patients who have been experiencing symptoms for years and have never received any type of structured treatment. In many cases, these patient’s pain began as an acute episode that they either ignored or simply took OTC medications (Aleve, Tylenol, Motrin, etc) which reduce the pain without addressing the actual problem – this is a typical pathway that allows an acute injury to become chronic back pain.