Unfortunately, many people face lower back pain throughout their lives, and the causes can vary quite a bit. Lower back pain can be muscular or stem from the spine itself, and it can be acute or chronic.
At Decker Chiropractic of Olathe, we are here to help you alleviate your pain so that you can live a happier and healthier tomorrow.
In our blog, we break down the three most common causes of lower back pain and treatment options that can offer you relief.
Muscle and Ligament Strains or Sprains
The most common reason for lower back pain stems from straining your muscles and ligaments.
These injuries can happen suddenly or develop slowly over time from repetitive back movements. For example, if you lift heavy objects repeatedly, or suddenly twist your back in a swift movement, your lower back muscles can stretch and tear, causing damage that causes acute aches and pains.
A sprain occurs when the muscles have been over-stretched to the point that it affects the ligaments that connect your bones together. A sprain is the same type of injury as a strain with a little bit more intensity.
Here are top causes of muscle strains and sprains:
- Lifting a heavy object or twisting your back while lifting.
- Sudden movements that place stress on your back.
- Falling, causing sudden flexing or twisting in your back.
- Poor posture over time.
- Twisting and lifting from sports injuries.
Muscle strains and sprains do not usually have long-lasting effects. However, the pain can be mild to severe during the initial injury. For treatment, consider at home self-care. Heat and ice therapy and regular physical activity throughout the day can strengthen your lower back muscles to reduce the chance of injury in the future.
Another safe, non-invasive method treatment for your back pain is a visit with your Olathe chiropractor. Physical therapy and chiropractic adjustment can help alleviate any built-up tension in your muscles and spine, which reduces your chances of muscle strain.
Bulging or Ruptured Spinal Disks
Spinal disks are the soft cushions between the bones (vertebrae) in your spine. The pressure of heavy lifting, repetitive wear and tear, or sudden injury can cause these disks to slip and bulge out of place.
Although bulging spinal disks can occur anywhere in your spine, they are most commonly found in the lower back and lumbar spine. Similar to muscle strains, bulging spinal disks are commonly caused by sudden movement or pressure in your lower back.
Spinal disks are more prone to slipping, bulging, or rupturing if they are dehydrated or compressed. A dehydrated disk can be caused by consistent stress on your back, such as sitting for long periods of time. Therefore, daily activity can help reduce your chances of a spinal disk injury.
As with muscle strains, chiropractic care is an effective method of reducing the stress and pressure put on your lower back from sitting or repeated lifting. Joint adjustment therapy is a non-invasive treatment that offers pain relief and joint strengthening.
Cases of lower back pain in older adults can also often be linked to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the bones in your body lose too much mass, or don’t make enough bone mass.
About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis, and one in four men age 50 or older will break a bone because of osteoporosis.
This disease is not caused by physical accidents. Instead, your likelihood of getting osteoporosis increases with poor nutrition, as well as pre-existing autoimmune disorders, or pre-existing hematologic disorders.
Chiropractic adjustment can help increase the strength and density of your spine. Significant bone performance and bone mass density has been a proven result of trusted, ongoing chiropractic care!
Decker Chiropractic Offers Pain Relief
If you are experiencing back pain, have suffered from a recent muscle strain, or wish to strengthen your back to avoid a painful and costly injury in the future, come chat with us at Decker Chiropractic in Olathe.
Our chiropractic experts are here to help you feel better, move better, and live better with our holistic approach to wellness. Send us a message and schedule an appointment for our chiropractic services today so you can live happier and healthier tomorrow!