Almost all of us have felt a little catch and then the radiating, burning pain in our lower backs. Injury to the lower back or lumbar spine can cause pain in the opposite hip, knee, and leg, because one side of the spine controls opposite body parts from nose to toes.
While pain and anti-inflammatory medications have their place in injuries, back pain and its treatment is best left to spine experts at the Back To Health Wellness Center in Sarasota FL. What causes lower back pain, and how is it treated?
What Causes Lower Back Pain?
Low back pain can be caused by exercising overzealously, hyperstretching to reach something in the back seat of the car, passing kidney stones, arthritis and osteoarthritis, trauma like a car accident or sporting injury, poor posture, or a career injury such as loading moving trucks or swinging the wrong way playing baseball or golf.
What Are Symptoms Of Low Back Pain?
Most low back pain consists of a dull ache which can escalate to sharp pain in the low back. Hip, knee, and leg pain are also symptoms. Sufferers will feel muscle cramps in the low back, hips, and buttocks. Difficulty rising from a seated position or sitting from a standing position hurts, too.
Most low back pain is acute or temporary and goes away in two to three weeks with self-care. Chronic pain doesn't go away and requires a chiropractor.
How Does A Doctor Of Chiropractic Diagnose Back Pain?
Your chiropractor will feel for muscle spasms in the targeted area, move the hip, knee, and foot to see how movement is impaired, as well as testing reflexes. If the leg doesn't move properly, a nerve could be impinged. If leg raises create pain, then a disc might be involved.
An X-ray shows which spinal bones are out of alignment. An MRI shows the chiropractor which ligaments, tendons, and muscles could be causing your pain.
The doctor will also ask you questions to determine how the pain began, what your lifestyle habits are such as posture or a sedentary lifestyle, and what kind of work you do such as heavy lifting or standing in one position for eight hours.
Low Back Pain Treatment
Depending on the cause and severity of the injury, your doctor might use massage to loosen up the muscles, ligaments, and tendons around the injury. He might adjust the spine if a bone is out of true. He will prescribe targeted exercises for home therapy.
Call Back To Health Wellness Center Today!
Low back pain is the number one cause of lost time and productivity at work. The doctor at Back To Health Wellness Center in Sarasota FL will get you back to your regular self when you call to learn more about it.