The number of adults in America experiencing lower back pain is on the rise, especially among those aged 65 and older. As we age, the disks between the vertebrae in the spine wear away and shrink, which causes pain and stiffness as the bones start to rub against each other.
What are the most common causes of lower back pain?
Conditions commonly linked to back pain include:
- Muscle or ligament strain
This condition is commonly caused by repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement that strains the back muscles and/or spinal ligaments. Common symptoms of muscle or ligament strain are painful muscle spasms.
- Bulging or ruptured disks
Disks are gel-like cushions between the bones (vertebrae) of your spine. When these disks rupture, they can press on a spinal nerve and cause pain.
Osteoarthritis is a common condition affecting the lower back in older adults. This condition can also lead to a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord known as spinal stenosis.
- Skeletal irregularities
Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves to the side, causing pain and discomfort.
This disease occurs when the body loses too much bone mass, leaving behind porous and brittle bones.
Can a chiropractor treat my lower back pain?
If you or loved one is struggling with lower back pain, and over-the-counter and prescription medications aren’t solving the problem, your primary care physician may refer you to a chiropractor. Chiropractors will typically complete a physical exam and medical history followed by an X-ray to help confirm their diagnosis and develop the most appropriate treatment plan.
It’s important to understand the source of the pain and whether there are any underlying conditions, like a herniated disk, fracture or arthritis.
The chiropractors at Back Pain & Sciatica Center of Texas are trained in the latest techniques for nonsurgical, drug-free and long-term relief from acute chronic lower back pain. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 936-247-4094.