Lower Back Pain Treatments
Lower back pain is one of the most common ailments in modern industrialised societies. It has been estimated that this ailment accounts for 40% of all the missed work days in America, and costs its economy 90 billion dollars a year in healthcare and loss of working hours. Forty percent, and up to eighty percent in the developed world, of all people experience back pain at some point in their lives. Lower back pain can be classified as acute, lasting up to six weeks, sub-chronic, lasting six to twelve weeks and chronic, which lasts longer than twelve weeks.
Causes of Lower Back Pain
Most medical practitioners contend that there is not one specific cause of lower back pain, but rather a combination of a number of factors, which can be broadly classified as follows:
Musculoskeletal causes which are largely mechanical in nature i.e. strain on the muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints of the lower back, usually brought on by physical trauma, such as a fall, sports injury, or strain resulting from inappropriate lifting techniques.
Inflammatory causes usually associated with various types of arthritis
Malignancy associated with bone metastasis caused by other organs such as lungs, breast, prostate and thyroid amongst others.
Infectious causes Pain caused by abscesses.
Treatments for back pain take the form of medication, surgery and physical management, but, for the purposes of this review, we will stick with the acute variety which accounts for more than 40% of lower back pain and normally heals itself within six weeks.
Preventative treatment is recommended to reduce the risk of acute back pain, and of these treatments, correct posture and the correct technique to lift heavy weights, as well as the correct mattress (medium firm, not hard) to sleep on, are essential. When lower back pain does strike, many people automatically turn to physical management and seek the services of a Surrey chiropractor.
Chiropractors use hands on manipulation of the body’s muscles and bones to attain the correct alignment of the musculoskeletal structure of the body. It is commonly held that this alignment goes a long way to lowering the risks of recurring lower back pain. Chiropractic treatment involves the manipulation of joints with a sudden, controlled force to increase the range and quality of movement. Very often the chiropractor will also offer advice on diet and exercise in an attempt to prevent a recurrence of back pain.
There is some speculation as to whether spinal manipulation, as a stand-alone treatment, does alleviate pain and result in increased movement. However excellent reviews point to the efficacy of using spinal manipulation and other chiropractic treatments in conjunction with more conventional treatments such as medication. The chiropractor will almost definitely use spinal manipulation together with posture improvement, weight loss and a regular exercise regimen.
There is no doubt that most people who suffer from lower back pain would choose the least invasive treatment possible. The use of chiropractors falls into this category and most people would agree that chiropractic treatment, together with proper exercise, goes a long way in reducing the severity and recurrence of lower back pain.