Low back pain may not seem like such a big deal at first, but it may be a sign of a vertebral misalignment or a serious underlying condition. Drug-free treatments that include chiropractic adjustments are safely performed at Secrest Family Chiropractic. Optimum relief starts with a detailed physical exam and diagnostic scans to identify what is causing the symptoms. This helps our chiropractor in Scottsdale, AZ, personalize an integrative wellness plan to relieve pain, increase mobility, restore nervous system function, and strengthen the back.
The Lumbar Spine
The joints, bones, and surrounding soft tissue in the lumbar spine withstand pressure from the upper body and stress from repetitive movements. Bending, lifting, twisting, sitting, and other motions depend on the flexibility of the low back spine. Gradual wear and tear can eventually take its toll on the musculoskeletal structures and lead to inflammation or mild to severe pain.
Common Lower Back Pain Causes
Pain may be attributed to a back injury on the job, a car crash, or playing sports, muscle tension, poor posture or ergonomics, and the following conditions:
- Spinal stenosis
- Pinched lumbar nerve
- Lumbar herniated discs
- Degenerative disc diseases
- Soft tissue strains and sprains
Pregnant moms and individuals who are obese, perform heavy lifting, or have scoliosis are at a greater risk of pain in the low back.
Common Symptoms to Watch Out For
Patients usually complain of a dull aching or sharp stabbing pain that comes and goes, persists, or worsens with activities. Stiffness is also common. Pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness due to a pinched sciatic nerve may be felt in the hip, buttock, leg, or foot.
How Our Scottsdale, AZ, Chiropractor Treats Low Back Pain
Treatment options depend on the patient's diagnosis. Dr. Secrest, typically recommends non-invasive spinal adjustments to correct misalignments. Manual adjustments, the Graston Technique, or Koren Specific Technique (KST) may be performed to relieve the pressure on the spinal discs, nerve, bones, joints, and nearby tissue. Pregnancy chiropractic using the Webster Technique is beneficial for expecting moms experiencing pain due to sacroiliac (SI) joint misalignment.
Cox Spinal Decompression is a flexion-distraction technique suitable for patients with pain caused by conditions such as slipped discs or a pinched nerve. You may feel instant relief after the first adjustment or decompression therapy. Inflammation and stiffness gradually go away as the spinal structures heal. For faster healing, we may prescribe massage, cold laser, or acupressure therapy. These soft tissue therapies are effective for relieving stress, reducing inflammation, and increasing range of motion.
Don't Give Pain the Upper Hand
We're happy you're considering getting natural relief from our chiropractor. Secrest Family Chiropractic sees patients from Scottsdale, AZ, and nearby cities. Schedule your appointment by calling 480-994-4411.