Lower back pain doesn’t feel the same for everyone. Some patients have a constant dull ache on one or both sides of the back. This pain might get worse at certain times, such as when getting up in the morning or when lying down at bedtime. Other patients have pain that occurs as a sudden stabbing sensation. This pain might occur on and off over a period of time. It might also feel worse when standing, bending over, sneezing, or coughing. Other symptoms of lower back pain include sore muscles and a limited range of motion.
There are several possible causes of pain in the lower back. These include herniated discs, ligament strain, muscle strain, bulging discs, and compression fractures. Having a condition that causes inflammation in the back, such as osteoarthritis, might also cause lower back pain. Certain risk factors, such as being overweight or not exercising regularly, increase the risk of having lower back pain. Dr. Knecht evaluates patients to figure out the underlying cause of lower back pain.
Since there are many possible causes of lower back pain, Dr. Knecht performs a thorough evaluation to determine the underlying cause. This includes checking how well patients can stand, bend, and move around in general, asking patients to rate their pain, and doing imaging tests if needed. These tests, such as X-rays and MRIs, provide a closer look at the affected area, which helps Dr. Knecht make a diagnosis.
Dr. Knecht uses chiropractic care to treat lower back pain. This kind of care involves doing spinal adjustments to ensure that the entire spine is in alignment. When spinal discs are out of alignment, it can cause lower back pain. Correcting this with spinal adjustments helps ease pain and stiffness in the lower back. Dr. Knecht might also recommend massage therapy, which helps support the effects of chiropractic care by making sure that muscles in the lower back are relaxed.
For more information on chiropractic treatment for lower back pain, please contact Knecht Chiropractic Clinic.
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