Lower back pain..more than troublesome, it can leave you gasping and grasping for relief. At Advanced Physical Health in Columbia, Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Sylvie Carpentier, and Dr. Monique White provide the latest in chiropractic diagnoses and treatments to relieve your pain and increase your mobility and functionality. Learn more about the reasons underlying this common problem and what can help.
Causes of lower back pain in Columbia
The lower back is what chiropractors call the lumbar spine. Highly innervated, muscular, and vascularized, your lower back helps you walk, lift, twist, bend, and so much more. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reports that more men (typically over the age of 45) suffer with lumbar pain than women do.
The causes of lower back pain are many and varied. They include:
- Sprains and strains
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Trauma from falls, occupational accidents, and motor vehicle accidents
- Scoliosis, a lateral bend in the spine
- Stenosis of the spine, a narrowing of the spinal canal and resulting compression of nerves and blood flow
Habitual inactivity, obesity, stress and family history play roles in lower back pain, too, perhaps not as direct causes, but as factors which worsens the problem. Additionally, if you have a desk job, poor posture (slouching) adds to lower back and neck discomfort, too.
What you should do
Your professional team at Advanced Physical Health urge you to come to their Columbia, MO, office for a complete chiropractic examination. Your doctor will review your symptoms and your medical history. He or she also will test your strength and your reflexes and note your specific areas of pain and what may worsen them or improve them.
Your chiropractor may order blood work, X-rays, a CT scan, ultrasound exam, or an MRI as needed. and depending on the results, formulate a treatment plan specific to your pain, age, physical condition and more. Your doctor will aim to ease your symptoms and increase your daily functionality.
Common treatments for lower back pain
The team at Advanced Physical Health combines a wide range of treatment strategies to relieve lower back pain. Spinal manipulation is just one of them. Other possibilities include:
- Relaxation therapy
- Exercise and stretching
- Comfortable, well-fitting shoes
- No heavy lifting
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Spinal decompression
Contrary to common belief, bed rest is not good for people with severe lower back pain. Movement as tolerated is key to managing any back pain symptoms and underlying conditions.
Find out more
You can feel better and have a full life. Let the professionals at Advanced Physical Health in Columbia, MO, partner with you in achieving a pain-free lower back. We are open five days a week and have early morning hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for your convenience. Please call us for an appointment: (573) 446-2242.