If you are experiencing low back pain in Lake Chelan, you are not alone. According the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days. In a large survey, more than a quarter of adults reported experiencing low back pain during the past 3 months. With these astonishing numbers, it is smart for anyone to become more knowledgeable on what causes low back pain, how to get rid of low back pain, and how to prevent getting it in the first place. At Living Well Family Chiropractic, we utilize our signature 3 Phase Health Evaluation and treatment to give quick pain relief and help prevent further injuries in the future.
The list of causes of low back pain is seemingly endless, ranging from a ski accident on the slopes, to a repetitive work injury, to an auto accident. You can injure the low back from poor posture, repetitive movements, misalignments, diseases, or trauma to the spine. It can be difficult to pin point the exact cause and the task of preventing an injury can be daunting. The spine is an incredible frame work that protects and supports the body, allowing for smooth movement while protecting vital organ systems. Nerves that go to gastrointestinal organs, reproductive organs, as well as back & leg muscles exit the spine in the low back. When the components of the low back (including the bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves) become inflamed, you can get pain. As a result it can be difficult for any one person to figure out the exact cause for any one person.
To complicate things, there can be other contributing factors to low back pain such as poor diet, digestive issues, and arthritis. With all these contributing factors it takes an experienced doctor to diagnose and treat the root cause of the problem. When you come to our office in Lake Chelan we have the experience and skills to help you get back on your feet quickly and work to prevent further flair ups.
A subluxation is chiropractic term for a misalignment of the spine causing pressure on the nervous system and vasculature. Subluxations in the low back create instability and abnormal wear and tear patterns in the body in addition to deceasing the brains ability to communicate with the related muscles and organ systems. Think of the pelvis and low back are like the foundation of your home. If the foundation is weak and faulty, the structural integrity of the entier house is at risk. When the body can’t compensate for the injury any longer, the body signals pain to the brain.
A common reason for low back pain is having a herniated or bulged disc. Many people have them without symptoms, but the few who do tend to get extreme pain that typically feels like a quick sharp and stabbing pain. If the herniation is pushing into a nearby nerve it can create radiating shooting pain down one leg with numbness or tingling depending on the severity.
Think of the disc like a jelly filled donut compressed between two hands (hand on top and bottom represent the vertebra or spinal bones). If the outside walls of the donut become weak, usually due to repetitive trauma or long hours sitting, and the pressure compressing the donut is too great, the jelly (center of the disc) shoots out of the disc causing pressure on the nearby structures of the spine. Decreasing pain from a herniation is difficult but chiropractic care and proper nutrition can help. Depending on the extent of the damage, the symptoms can be alleviated.
If you have any questions about this or you think you may be suffering with a disc herniation, give us a call. We are here to help.
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If you’re visiting Living Well Family Chiropractic as a patient for the first time, plan to arrive 15 min early with your completed New Patient Intake paperwork. Dr. Nate will look at your health history and perform a comprehensive exam including orthopedic tests to determine exactly what is going on and he will explain chiropractic and its benefits for you. He will outline a treatment plan based on your individual findings which may include exercises, nutrition, or wellness care. After he has done a full evaluation and all your questions are answered, expect to get your first treatment right away!
Every one is unique and different. Depending on your health history and the severity, a new problem or injury will typically take anywhere from 3-4 visits to correct. Recurring conditions and conditions present for greater than 3 months are typically more stubborn and difficult to manage. Resolution may take 12 or more visits. Because of this, when you have an injury or auto accident be sure to get in as soon as possible to speed your recovery. The sooner you take care of an injury, the faster your body can get back to health.
Length of treatment also depends on your goals and what you want to get out of Chiropractic. Dr. Nate will work with you to develop a plan specific to your needs, whether that is simply pain management or wellness care for a healthier you.