The low back, or lumbar spine, is a remarkably strong and stable structure. It is designed to support the weight of the upper body and provide mobility for the lower extremities. The low back is made up of bones (vertebrae), disks, ligaments, and muscles. The disks act as cushions between the vertebrae. The spinal cord and nerves pass through the vertebral column, providing sensation and muscle control to the lower extremities.
Unfortunately, the low back is also susceptible to injury and pain. At CoreHealth Wellness in Dallas, TX, we can see patients who are experiencing back pain. Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options available to help relieve this pain.
Chiropractic Treatment for Back Pain
One effective treatment is chiropractic care. Chiropractic treatment involves the use of adjustments and manipulations to the spine and other joints in order to reduce pain and improve function.
Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for back pain, and can provide relief when other methods have failed.
Causes of Lower Back Pain
There are many different causes of back pain, but some of the most common include muscle strains, herniated discs, and degenerative disc disease.
Muscle strains may occur when the muscles supporting the spine are stretched beyond their limits. This can happen due to sudden movements or lifting heavy objects.
Herniated discs occur when the soft inner material of a spinal disc protrudes through a tear in the outer layer. This can put pressure on the nerves surrounding the disc, causing pain.
Degenerative disc disease is a condition that occurs when the discs between the vertebrae begin to break down and collapse.
Other causes of back pain include spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and scoliosis.
Preventing Lower Back Pain
There are a few simple things you can do to help prevent back pain, or at least keep it from getting worse.
First, try to maintain good posture. Sit up straight with your shoulders back and your feet flat on the floor.
Secondly, take regular breaks when sitting for long periods to move around and stretch your muscles. Every 20-30 minutes, get up and walk around for a few minutes or do some simple stretches.
Thirdly, when lifting anything heavy, be sure to bend at your knees rather than at your waist. Lastly, if you start to feel any pain or discomfort in your back, don’t ignore it — take some time to rest and see a doctor if the pain doesn’t go away.
Visit a Chiropractor on Our Team for More Information
Back pain can be a debilitating condition, but you don’t have to suffer. At CoreHealth Wellness, our team of chiropractors can help you find relief from your pain. Call our office in Dallas, TX, at (214) 219-3300 to schedule an appointment.