When your back is properly aligned, you can walk, run, jump and bend with confidence and ease. However, chronic back conditions and injuries can restrict your range of motion and cause painful symptoms. If you’re currently suffering from low back pain, you may have questions concerning the causes and treatment of your condition. These FAQS from Odom Chiropractic in Aiken, SC, and Grovetown, GA, provide the answers you need.
What are some common causes of low back pain?
Acute low back pain could be the result of muscle, joint, or tissue injury due to a slip and fall, an auto accident, a sports mishap, or a workplace incident. Chronic back pain could be caused by degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, or other conditions. Low back pain may cause mild or severe symptoms that impair your mobility. A visit to your Aiken or Grovetown chiropractor will determine the cause of your pain to see if chiropractic treatment can provide relief.
What does it mean when my low back pain is accompanied by leg pain?
Low back pain that extends through your buttocks and down your leg could be a sign of sciatica. This condition is caused when a spinal structure puts undue pressure on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is located in your lower back and extends all the way down to your feet. When sciatic nerve roots are pinched, you can feel pain in your lower spine all the way down your leg.
How does a chiropractor treat low back pain?
The first step is determining the source of your pain, which is done through a physical exam, spinal evaluation, x-rays, ultrasound, or other imaging tests. Once our chiropractors have determined the cause, we can outline a treatment plan.
If spinal misalignments cause your pain, we’ll use hands-on adjustments to ease misplaced bones or joints back into their proper position. This reduces pain and helps restore lower back function. Pain caused by degenerative discs can be relieved through spinal decompression. We may also incorporate soft tissue manipulation and corrective exercises into your treatment plan to relieve pain, restore range of motion, and expedite your recovery.
Why should I see a chiropractor for low back pain?
Chiropractic care offers an alternative to invasive surgery and prescription drugs for relieving low back pain symptoms. Instead, our chiropractor will treat your pain at its source to help you recover from your injury. Chiropractic treatments also strengthen weaknesses in your spine to help prevent future injuries.
See Our Aiken/Grovetown Chiropractor for Low Back Pain Relief
To schedule a consultation for low back pain diagnosis and treatment, contact Odom Chiropractic in Aiken at 803-226-0604 or Grovetown at 706-305-9324.