Around 28% of Americans suffer chronic low back pain, making it one of the most common types of pain in the United States. Family chiropractor David Atkinson, DC, understands the toll back pain can take on your quality of life. At Atkinson Chiropractic in Turlock, California, he uses evidence-based, minimally invasive treatments to relieve low back pain and restore mobility. Call the clinic or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
The lumbar spine (low back) begins below the ribcage and the upper part of the buttocks, and is responsible for supporting movement and flexibility. With only five vertebrae, the low back is vulnerable to injury and damage.
Common causes of low back pain include:
The muscles in the lower back allow you to bend, rotate, flex, and stabilize the upper body. Sitting for long periods, poor posture, and lifting heavy objects are among the most common causes of muscle strains in the lower back.
The discs in your spinal column cushion and support each bony vertebra. These discs consist of a soft center and hard outer shell. A herniated disc occurs when cracks develop in the outer portion, causing the center to push through and aggravate surrounding nerves.
Osteoarthritis develops when the flexible cartilage at the end of a joint deteriorates. As the two connecting bones rub together, they can inflame and stiffen.
Spinal stenosis causes the space between the spine and spinal cord narrows and compresses the nerves inside.
Sciatica is pain in the sciatic nerve, which travels from the lower back down the leg. When it becomes compressed, it can cause pain, tingling, and numbness.
Diagnosing low back pain requires a physical exam and medical history review. Your chiropractor evaluates your posture, gait, flexibility, and range of motion to identify your specific area of pain. They may also order X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for further investigation.
Atkinson Chiropractic practices conservative approaches to low back pain care. Your treatment may include:
The Palmer Diversified technique involves applying high-velocity pressure in specific areas of the lumbar spine to improve flexibility and relieve pain.
The Thompson Drop uses a special table that includes a moving section. Your chiropractor can adjust the table to carefully stretch and lengthen your spine.
Cox Flexion Distraction also uses a table with moving pieces that your chiropractor shifts to stretch the lumbar spine while applying gentle pressure.
The Activator Technique uses a spring-based device to apply quick, forceful pressure to specific joints in the lower spine.
Call Atkinson Chiropractic or schedule an appointment online to learn more about which approach to low back pain may best suit you.