Each year 15 to 30 percent of the population experience low back pain. Low back pain, for many, results in extreme pain and the inability to live a normal life. For persons under the age of 45, low back problems are the most common reason for disability. Often the treatments given are inappropriate and don’t produce the desired results. More and more scientific research is available that shows that chiropractic care is the safest and most effective solution.
Adjustments made by your chiropractor can reduce your pain without surgery or drugs. It is usually best to treat low back pain with spinal manipulation in the first four weeks of symptoms in conjunction with mild exercise. Mild, over the counter pain medication can be used but oftentimes is not needed. It’s very important to resume normal activities as soon as possible. More than four days of bed rest can be counterproductive.
Chiropractors have the most education and experience when it comes to spinal manipulation. They are dedicated to helping the body heal. They will also help you to develop an exercise program that will help you recover as quickly as possible while avoiding further injury.
Different causes of low back pain include improper sitting or lifting, trauma, over-exertion, or inherited spinal abnormalities.
See our Wellness and Prevention section for tips on preventing back pain.