Of all the patients that I see for chiropractic care | low back pain patients are the most common. Chiropractic treatment for low back pain is a logical choice for any patient suffering with pain. Chiropractic care is effective, safe and natural making it a much healthier alternative to standard medical treatment (drugs – pain killers and muscle relaxers).
Since chiropractic treatment for low back pain does not include medications it is an excellent choice for patients with work and family responsibilities that can’t afford to be foggy headed.
Chiropractic Care | Low Back Pain in San Diego
The primary sources of low back pain are the sacroiliac joints, the facet joints in the lumbar spine, the discs that separate the lumbar vertebra (typically L4, L5 and S1), the lumbar nerve roots and the muscles and ligaments that move and support the lower back.
In addition to what caused their back pain, patients always want to know if their back problems are muscular or joint related – the answer is usually both. When joints are irritated, the body reacts by tightening the muscles around the joint to help increase stability. Sometimes this muscular tightening over reacts causing painful muscle spasms. If muscles are overworked or strained they can’t provide the support that the joints need making them vulnerable to imbalanced weight bearing stress leading to irritation and inflammation of the joints. Either of these scenarios causes pain that requires treatment to both the joints and the muscles.
Because in most cases both the joints and muscles are involved, most cases of low back pain respond well to chiropractic care | low back pain is treated at my San Diego chiropractic clinic we treat low back pain with therapies that help relax muscles and reduce inflammation, chiropractic adjustments to restore joint motion and specific exercises and stretches to help stabilize the back once in office treatment is complete.
In addition to physical treatment, there are supplements that can be beneficial to a speedy recovery as well. In addition to chiropractic care | low back pain patients are always recommended to take natural anti-inflammatory supplements such as turmeric, bromelain, fish oil capsules and a high quality whole food joint complex.