MECHANICAL LOW BACK PAIN
It is estimated that nearly 8 out of every 10 people will suffer from back pain during their life often affecting day to day living and preventing sufferers from being able to go to work, exercises, do the things they usually enjoy doing and get effective sleep. If you are struggling with back pain you are not alone, but you do not have to just put up with it. Over 50% of back pain suffers will seek treatment from a chiropractor and it is without a doubt one of the most common problems we see in practice every day. Common symptoms which may be associated with mechanical low back pain are dull aches, muscle tightness, limited movement, pain referring to the glute area and legs.
Common causes of mechanical back pain
Most common causes of low back pain include sciatica, myofascial tightness, arthritis, spinal misalignment, joint sprain, pregnancy-related factors, disc bulge, postural abnormalities, muscle imbalance or injuries. Following one episode of back pain, it is estimated that more than half of all sufferers will be affected by back pain again later in life often with increased intensity in pain and longer lasting episodes. This is most likely due to inappropriate rehabilitation and prevention measures taken at the time of initial injury.
What is the best treatment for low back pain?
There are many ways to manage back pain ranging from medication, exercise, and sometimes surgery may be required. A conservative approach to managing back pain is to see professional such as an osteopath, physio or chiropractor. Chiropractors are trained in the specific analysis and management of back problems. At DCT Chiropractic we will perform a thorough clinical examination to determine the extent of your problem and use a variety of evidence-based treatment techniques alongside exercise and home advice to assist in resolving your complaint.
Some treatment techniques which will be used throughout your rehabilitation include
- Spinal manipulation involves gently adjusting restricted joints to improv overall joint alignment, movement, flexibility and reduce pain
- Joint mobilisation is a gentler therapy that is often used during acute phases
- Postural and core exercises to assist with correcting underlying muscular dysfunction
- Flexibility exercises are a great way to improve general flexibility and strength
- Soft tissue therapy to address surrounding muscular and soft tissue spasm