Chiropractic Solutions for Low Back Pain
Low back pain is a common musculoskeletal disorder affecting 80% of people at some point in their lives. The lumbar region (or lower back region) is made up of most commonly, five vertebrae (L1-L5). In between these vertebrae lie fibrocartilage discs (intervertebral discs), which act as cushions, preventing the vertebrae from rubbing together and allowing the vertebrae to move, while at the same time protecting the spinal cord. Nerves stem from the spinal cord between the vertebrae, providing sensation and allowing communication for movement with the lower extremities.
Stability of the spine is provided through ligaments and muscles of the lower back and abdomen. When these tissues are injured and vertebrae misalign, inflammation occurs, causing irritation to the spinal nerves. The inflammatory process damages tissues and interrupts communication with in the body. Low back pain is then perceived as an alarm that something is wrong and needs to be fixed.
Chiropractic adjustments to the lower back and pelvis realign vertebrae relieving pressure and inflammation in the intervertebral disc, surrounding soft tissue and nerves, therefore alleviating the cause and symptoms of low back pain. Once vertebral alignment is restored, routine exercises including simple stretching and strengthening exercises provided by your doctor can be performed to help stabilize the lower back an prevent further injury.