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Lower Back Pain

Anatomy of the lower back

chiropractor treating lower back painThe lower back extends from the bottom of the ribs to the hips and is made up of 5 freely moveable vertebrae with discs in between them. The 5 bones of the lower back are supported by strong muscles and ligaments with spinal nerves exiting between each pair of bones. Supporting the lower back is the pelvis. It consists of 2 main components the hips (or the ileum), and the sacrum directly below the last lumbar vertebra.

The pelvis provides balance and support for the lower back. Together the components of the lower back and pelvis form the foundation for the flexible column of the rest of the spine, a bony conduit housing and protecting the spinal cord and its contents.

What causes low back pain?

Typical causative factors are lifting and twisting strains leading to swelling of the disks and inflammation of the spinal nerves.Lower back pain generally starts as a dull ache and can worsen to a severe crippling pain. Most patients think “it is just a muscle strain, and maybe it will go away?” Please note, 5 of the most dangerous words heard in a Chiropractor’s office are “Maybe it will go away?” Any abnormal movement or disturbance with spinal function can contribute to back pain.

The nerves leaving the spine can get irritated and can cause pain in the legs known as sciatica. It is impossible to make a diagnosis based on pain alone. An accurate diagnosis requires a thorough Chiropractic examination which could include a computerised spinal range of motion study, spinal imaging (X Rays) where needed and other specific orthopaedic and neurological tests. At Noosa Life Chiropractic and Massage we understand before an effective treatment plan can be started, an accurate diagnosis is essential.

Other contributing factors could include poor posture, prolonged sitting, lack of exercise, obesity, strain / sprain injuries, and poor workplace and home ergonomics. We can help you in the diagnosis and treatment of lower back pain: In many studies Chiropractic with a rehabilitative exercise program and remedial massage therapy, has been recognised as being effective and safe in the treatment of lower back pain.

Chiropractic is not only effective but one of the lease invasive approaches to helping pain and rehabilitating you to health and wellness. A professional modern chiropractor with years of experience uses all the diagnostic tools at their disposal to confirm what is causing your pain and disability, and they will work in conjunction with other health professionals with your interests in mind. Spinal problems left unchecked deteriate and in time get worse, with attacks of pain becoming more frequent and permanent damage over time will occur.
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