You are not alone. It is estimated that 80% of adults will suffer from some sort of pain in the low back over the course of their life. It may happen after sleeping or maybe after a stressful day. It may be just a mild annoyance, or travel up the spine or down the legs.
The issue is that it doesn't have to be very painful to be serious. In fact we tend to seek treatment right away for things that really hurt. It's the nagging, aching, dull pain that we seem to let go on year after year. This procrastination can lead to long term problems like arthritis or sciatica, a very debilitating nerve pain that radiates down one or both legs.
First off, there are a few things you can try at home to help alleviate the pain.
If the pain happened recently and was caused by some type of trauma you can use ice for pain and any inflammation. Use ice for only 15-20 minutes at a time. Make sure you don't apply ice directly on the skin as this can cause burning to the skin. You can apply ice every couple of hours if you notice any relief. If not . . .
In many cases running a hot shower over your back can help relax the muscles. This is usually beneficial when your back is stiff in the morning. A moist hot pack can also sometimes relieve an aching back temporarily.
Decompress the low back
Having a large therapy ball at home can be used for more than just doing exercise. In certain cases where pain radiates down the leg, lying face down over a large exercise ball can sometimes alleviate the leg pain and may even relax tight muscles in the low back.
When Should You See a Chiropractor for back pain?
While there are several things you can do at home to help relieve your back pain, it's important to know when it's time to see a chiropractor.
Chiropractors specialize in treatment for back pain. After a physical exam and X-rays, they help to restore motion to stiff joints through a chiropractic treatment plan that usually includes chiropractic adjustments, specific exercises, stretching and physiotherapy.
See a chiropractor for back pain if...
Your chiropractor will conduct a thorough consultation and examination - asking you questions about your symptoms, the history of your pain, what types of movement make it worse and which things make it feel better. During the exam your chiropractor will check to see how well you move. He will look for tenderness or numbness and tingling in your hips, legs or feet.
Seeing your chiropractor for back pain is always a good choice if you are aware of a specific movement (abnormal motion) that resulted in pain such as lifting, falling or after an accident.
Injuries resulting from abnormal motion often cause muscles to become overextended and the vertebra in our back to shift out of alignment. Through chiropractic therapy your chiropractor can realign your vertebrae and restore normal motion in your back.
Even when the pain is in the lower back, the problem tends to be with the entire spine. People come in only when they're in pain, but we need to think of our spine the way we do our teeth, using preventive care to stay healthy. Don't put it off. A simple correction today could help reduce chances for something serious later.
Chiropractors specialize in back pain treatment options. The doctors at Heller Chiropractic Spa have provided treatment to the Newport Mesa area for over 15 years.
Open 5 days a week, they are in-network with most insurance plans in the Costa Mesa area. Most insurance plans have a chiropractic benefit.
Contact our office at 714-557-9454 to schedule an appointment today.
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2900 Bristol St c105
Costa Mesa, CA 92626