The lumbar spine in the lower back is a quite flexible structure that allows you to bend, twist, or rotate the hips. But its ability to support a range of motion makes it prone to injury or subluxation of the vertebrae that result in pain. Our licensed chiropractor at Knecht Chiropractic Center in Sanford NC has helped numerous patients get much-needed relief from nagging and, sometimes, severe lower back pain.
Certain medical conditions, including those related to degenerative disc disease, can sometimes put pressure on the intervertebral discs, nerves, spinal joints, or soft tissue near the spine and cause pain. These conditions include:
The pain may be mild and go away on its own. In other cases, it can persist for weeks or months and become chronic or severe. The pain may be dull or aching, sharp or stabbing. It could radiate to the buttocks, legs, or feet when nerves in the lower back are affected. Soft tissue may also be irritated or inflamed and can make the pain feel worse.
A myriad of things can cause pain in the lower back so our chiropractor will do a thorough physical examination. Your symptoms, lifestyle and work activities, and medical history are also considered during the evaluation. Image tests such as X-rays or CT scans done to examine the spine and musculoskeletal structures can help in spotting irregularities associated with pain in the lumbar region.
The focus of chiropractic care is to use safe non-invasive methods or techniques to alleviate pain linked to low back pain. Chiropractic adjustments, including spinal adjustment, is especially useful in cases where spinal joints or discs are out of alignment. Adjusting the spine helps shift joints or bulging or herniated discs back into position and reduce or stop the pain and other symptoms due to compressed nerves.
Adjustment techniques may be combined with massage therapy, corrective exercise therapy, or acupuncture. Nutritional and lifestyle counseling also form part of a holistic approach to eliminating back pain and promoting overall healing.
Customized drug-free chiropractic care at Knecht Chiropractic Center in Sanford NC could provide long-term pain relief, improve mobility, and help you get back to doing the things you love. Pregnant women can also benefit from safe prenatal chiropractic adjustments. Call (919) 629-0400 to schedule an appointment today.