Lower Back Pain Relief Through Chiropractic Care
If the small of your back causes you large amounts of distress, you may feel as if you can barely move, sit down, stand up, or find a workable sleeping position. Pain in the lower back is a distressingly common phenomenon worldwide, one that can stem from any of a number of underlying conditions. For many sufferers, the prospect of a debilitating back surgery to ease that pain seems even more unsettling than the pain itself. But here at Kosak Chiropractic and Acupuncture, our Omaha chiropractor, Doctor Kevin Kosak, can provide non-surgical lower back pain relief through chiropractic care.
Lower Back Pain: A Big Problem
Lower back pain is a big problem for a large segment of the population. It's believed that some 80 percent of us suffer from some kind of back pain at various points in our lives. In fact, one survey found a quarter of its participants has felt low back pain within the previous 3 months.) 39 percent of respondents said that back pain made sleep and other common activities more difficult. To add insult to injury, reports of lower back pain have risen steadily over the past several years, especially in individuals aged 65 and older. But perhaps the most surprising statistic of all is the fact that 37 percent of low back pain sufferers in this country don't even seek help -- they just suffer in silence.
Common Causes of Low Back Pain
Low back pain may strike as part of an acute injury, in which case the pain resolves once the underlying damage has healed itself. If the pain lingers for more than 3 months after the injury has healed, it is said to be chronic. A back injury may affect the vertebral joints, the disc that cushion those vertebrae, or the muscles and connective tissues that support the back. In a serious, high-impact injury, all of these problems may combine to cause agonizing pain and stiffness. Auto accidents and sports injuries can cause spinal components to lose their normal position, while heavy lifting mishaps can tear muscles and herniate discs.
Chronic low pain back doesn't have to start as an acute condition; it can also develop over a long period of time due to some underlying chronic ailment or imbalance. Pregnancy or obesity, for example, can put extra pressure on the spine while also encouraging an unnatural swayback posture, which in turn stresses major muscle groups. An undiagnosed, untreated spinal misalignment can cause or worsen muscular strain over time. The natural aging processes dehydrates the discs, allowing them to "go flat" and bulge. Bulging discs not only cause nerve compression, but they also pull painfully on the spine's facet joints.
You could be giving yourself a case of low back pain without even realizing it. Awkward positioning of desks, chairs, file drawers, and other workplace items may force to stretch, twist, or bend your back beyond its comfort zone, causing chronic overuse injuries. Sedentary habits can weaken back muscles, making you more vulnerable to low back pain. (It's probably no coincidence that a majority of American low back pain sufferers spend their workdays seated.)
How Our Omaha Chiropractor Relieves Low Back Pain
In many cases, low back pain gets progressively worse the longer you go without treatment. But there's no reason to dread the process when you first visit Kosak Chiropractic and Acupuncture. Our Omaha chiropractor, Doctor Kevin Kosak, will take X-rays of your spine to look for abnormalities, check your musculoskeletal alignment, and ask you about your symptoms and lifestyle to find the cause or causes of your pain so we can perform the most effective treatments possible. These treatments involve no drugs, surgery, or lengthy recuperation times -- they merely help your body do its own healing.
Complementary Healing Techniques to Help You Heal
Our chiropractor in Omaha can combine several natural healing techniques that complement each other to ease pain and promote healing in your lower back. Your unique treatment plan may include:
- Chiropractic adjustments that shift vertebral joints back into alignment and improve your overall musculoskeletal balance
- Acupuncture to trigger the release of your body's own painkilling substances
- Electrical muscle stimulation to strengthen weak or injured back muscles
- Corrective exercises to improve your pain-free range of back motion and reinforce the large muscles that support the spine
- Intersegmental traction to ease disc problems and restore spinal mobility
Don't Let Low Back Pain Limit Your Life -- Call Our Chiropractor in Omaha
It's hard to enjoy your life when you're crippled by low back pain -- so get the relief you need through natural, safe, non-surgical care. Call our chiropractor in Omaha at (402)-964-0300 to schedule a spinal evaluation!