According to the World Health Organization, the lifetime prevalence of non-specific (common) low back pain is estimated at 60% to 70% in industrialized countries. The lumbar spine (low back) is a structure of interconnecting bones, joints, nerves, ligaments, and muscles all working together to provide strength, support and flexibility. The low back also provides mobility for everyday motions such as bend and twisting. Most acute (<3 months) low back pain results from injury to the muscles, ligaments, joints, or discs.
Signs and Symptoms of Low Back Pain?
- Dull and Aching pain localized to the low back
- Painful range of motion in the low back (limited motion)
- Sharp, Tingling, and/or Numbness in the buttocks, thighs, legs, feet
- Pain that is worse after prolonged sitting
- Pain that feels better after changing positions
- Feeling stiff in the morning and relief after moving around
- Pain with coughing, sneezing, straining
- Loss of bladder and or bowel control- MEDICAL EMERGENCY
Causes of Low Back Pain?
- Strained muscle or sprained ligament
- Lifting a heavy object, twisting the spine while lifting
- Sudden movements overstressing the low back
- Poor posture over time
- Sports Injuries
- Disc herniations
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Spinal Stenosis
- Degenerative disc/joint disease
- Infection/tumour/autoimmune disease
- Chiropractic Treatment: Mobilizations, Spinal Manipulation, Soft tissue therapy
- Modalities: Spinal Decompression, Shockwave Therapy, IFC, LLLT
- Massage Therapy