Lower back has differing symptoms and a variety of causes. Often the type of pain a patient experiences gives clues as to the reason for the pain. For example, pain that’s isolated in the lower back and follows hard work, strenuous lifting, sudden movement, or other physical activity is probably caused by muscle strain. The pain can be sudden and severe or dull and achy. Moving may become difficult and the area can be tender to the touch, as the muscles and ligaments are stretched and have small tears.
Pain that exists in the lower back but also has sensations that extend into the buttock, leg, and foot suggests a problem with the sciatic nerve. This comes from pressure exerted on the nerve, possibly due to spinal disc damage, narrowing of the space through which the spinal column runs, or weakened or inflamed muscles. Pain may be severe or subdued, typically with a reduced range of motion.
Treatment depends on the cause of the pain, so Dr. D. starts off with a diagnosis. This involves a physical and neurological examination, tests for range of motion problems, tender spots, and weaknesses. Dr. D. may also order X-rays and assess how a patient walks and carries themselves. After pinpointing the problem, Dr. D. offers several treatment options including spinal manipulation, soft tissue massage, and chiropractic mobilization — or low-velocity movement and stretching of joints in the problem area.
Yes. In fact, the cracking sound often associated with chiropractic adjustments isn’t necessary for an effective treatment. Called joint cavitation, it’s a by-product of joint movement. While many patients find it feels good and indicates tension release, there are several chiropractic manipulation techniques that don’t use cavitation. Let Dr. D. know if you’d prefer not to “crack,” and he’ll adjust treatment accordingly.
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