Low Back Pain
Low back pain is very common - almost everyone has it at some point. The lower back, which starts below the ribcage, is called the lumbar region. Lower back pain can be caused by a variety of problems with any parts of the complex, interconnected network of spinal muscles, nerves, bones, discs or tendons in the lumbar spine. Younger adults (30 - 60 year olds) are more likely to experience back pain from the disc space itself. Older adults (over 60) are more likely to suffer from pain related to joint degeneration. Fortunately, low back pain often gets better on its own.
Symptoms range from a dull ache to a stabbing or shooting sensation. The pain may make it hard to move or stand up straight. Acute back pain comes on suddenly, often after an injury from sports or heavy lifting. Pain that lasts more than three months is considered chronic. With degenerative conditions, the damage is usually done due to wear and tear to the bones, joints and discs over the years.
From a conservative or manual therapy standpoint there isn't much that can be done to reverse the damage, but what we can do is aim to slow or temporarily stop further degeneration from occurring through a variety of techniques including: pain relief, soft tissue work, joint mobilization, stretching and strengthening exercises. These treatments can be done at any age or stage of degeneration. Call today to see how we can help!