How To Relieve Lower Back Pain: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

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Whether it creeps into your life gradually or arrives in one excruciating instant, lower back pain is about as welcome as a big game hunter at a vegan convention. From dull aches and stiffness to shooting pain and weakness, the symptoms are as varied as the possible causes. 

If you’re confused and worried, the following guide should give some insight into what’s going on with your back. From common causes to the best evidence-backed lower back pain treatment, we’ve got all the details you need to get to the bottom of your lower back pain.

Lower Back Pain Symptoms

Lower back symptoms can vary markedly from person to person. When discussing treatment for lower back pain, it’s crucial to be as specific as possible about your condition. For example, some sufferers find that their pain worsens with physical activity and improves with rest. Conversely, others experience the exact opposite. Before speaking with a healthcare provider, think carefully about the following questions:

  1. Does your pain worsen when resting or sitting for long periods?
  2. Do you experience stiffness after periods of inactivity or upon waking?
  3. Did the pain come on after heavy lifting or bending?
  4. Does the pain radiate into your glutes or hips?
  5. Are you feeling any numbness or weakness?
  6. Is the pain worse when standing or walking?
  7. Have you noticed any changes in bowel or bladder function?
  8. Do specific movements, such as twisting or bending, exacerbate the pain?
  9. Have you recently experienced trauma or injury to your back?
  10. Is the pain constant, or does it come and go?

Your healthcare provider will likely ask you additional questions to get to the bottom of your lower back pain. However, the above list is an excellent place to start if you want to ensure you can give them a clear picture. 

In severe cases, additional symptoms such as leg or foot pain, unintentional weight loss, fever, or loss of bowel control may occur. If you encounter any severe symptoms or your back pain persists beyond 72 hours, consult a healthcare professional promptly.

Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

  1. Muscle Sprains or Strains: Sudden movements or overactivity can strain the muscles and ligaments in your back, leaving you with pain, stiffness, and sometimes even muscle spasms.
  2. Herniated Discs: The discs in your spine are susceptible to injury, and your risk generally increases with age. A herniated disc occurs when the cushion between your spinal vertebrae extends outside its usual position, compressing nerve roots and causing pain.
  3. Sciatica: If you’re unlucky enough to have a herniated disc press on the sciatic nerve, your body will tell you about it with leg or foot pain. Patients usually describe sciatica pain as “burning” or feeling like “pins and needles.”

Chiropractic Care: An Effective Approach to Lower Back Pain

Chiropractic care offers a non-invasive alternative for managing lower back pain. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Spinal Manipulation: Chiropractors use controlled force to adjust abnormal vertebrae, reducing nerve irritability and restoring motion in the back. This hands-on approach can alleviate pain and improve function.
  2. Spinal Mobilization: In cases of severe pain, chiropractors may recommend spinal mobilisation, a gentler technique that aims to enhance joint movement

Does Chiropractic Help To Relieve Lower Back Pain?

A 2018 JAMA Network Open study evaluated chiropractic care for treating lower back pain. Researchers studied 750 active-duty military personnel with back pain. Half received conventional care (including medications, self-care, and physical therapy), while the other half received this routine care plus up to 12 chiropractic treatments. The results were clear. Participants receiving chiropractic care reported:

    • Less pain intensity
    • Reduced disability
    • Improved function
    • Higher treatment satisfaction
    • Reduced reliance on pain medication

No serious side effects were reported by the patients who received chiropractic care. However, about 10% of them did experience mild stiffness after their sessions. Importantly, chiropractic care provides benefits beyond usual care alone.

Chiropractor examining a patient's lower back for pain symptoms

Be Fit Chiro: Your Partner in Back Health

If you’re suffering from lower back pain and looking for a solution, we recommend scheduling an appointment at Be Fit Chiro. Our experienced chiropractors are dedicated to providing compassionate care and exceptional expertise to address your concerns. Through a comprehensive assessment process, we’ll carefully evaluate your symptoms, perform any required tests, and determine a treatment plan perfectly tailored to your individual needs. 

From there, we’ll get to work alleviating your discomfort and helping you improve your overall well-being. Don’t let back pain compromise your quality of life—take proactive steps towards a healthier, pain-free life by reaching out to us today.

Please note: This article is intended solely for educational purposes and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical guidance. We strongly advise seeking personalised advice from a healthcare professional.

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