Chiropractor in Estepona Talks Lower Back Pain
Of all the reasons for patients to come in for chiropractic care, lower back pain is the most common. There can be a wide variety of causes for these pains, from auto accidents to pinched nerves, and treatment options depend on what type of pain the patient is experiencing. At Result Care, our experienced team is dedicated to finding the cause of your lower back pain and creating a treatment plan that will allow your body's natural healing process to take over and remove the pain.
Lower Back Pain
The first step in treating your lower back pain is to get a thorough examination to determine the cause. Dr. Ron van der Veen, D.C., our chiropractor in Estepona, will give you a physical exam, as well as using various tools to determine the extent of the damage to your back. Once our doctor has determined the cause of your pain, he'll be able to create a comprehensive treatment plan. The types of treatment we use to help your body heal will depend on the cause of your lower back pain. Some of the more common ones we deal with are:
• Herniated discs
• Degenerative discs
• Fractures caused by osteoporosis
Your lifestyle is often a contributing factor in developing lower back pain. What does your work environment look like? If you spend the day hunched over a computer without good posture, or if your job consists of a lot of bending and stretching, that can contribute to the problem. Your posture plays a big part in keeping your back pain-free, in both sitting and standing, as well as how you lift heavy objects. Auto accidents will naturally add to the chance you'll develop pain in the lower back, as you can suffer injuries without even knowing it.
Typical Lower Back Pain Symptoms
Lower back pain can have a combination of symptoms, depending on the underlying causes. In most cases, the basic pain can be characterized as dull and aching rather than sharp. It can be combined with muscle spasms, aching in the hips, or limitations on the amount of movement you can manage.
If you're suffering from sciatica, you'll have a sharper pain that originates in the lower back, then travels down the buttocks, leg, and even into the ankle. Sciatica is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve, and only affects one side of the body at a time.
Lower back pain can vary, depending on the cause. It can get worse if you sit for a long period of time, feel better if you get up and move around, or get more painful after prolonged activity.
Diagnosing Lower Back Pain
Once you're in our office, Dr. Ron will begin by taking a complete history, including information on your symptoms, your normal activity level, your lifestyle habits, and any accidents or injuries you might have had recently.
He'll then move on to a physical exam, palpating along the lower back. The doctor will test your range of motion, your flexibility, and your reflexes.
Diagnostic imaging, or x-rays, are an important tool in diagnosing the cause of your lower back pain. They can show abnormalities in the spine such as fractures, bone spurs, or arthritis.
Lower Back Pain Treatment at Result Care
Once Dr. Ron has determined the cause of your back pain, he'll plan a course of treatment with many different approaches. Some of the treatments we may use to help your body heal include spinal manipulation, ultrasound therapy, hot and cold therapy, exercises both in the office and at home, and lifestyle changes such as changing your office setup or practicing good posture habits. Whatever the treatment schedule, we're confident that your body will respond and begin to heal itself, reducing and eliminating the pain.
There's no reason for you to suffer with lower back pain. Our professional team is ready to help you, no matter what the cause of your pain. Call our office at +34 699 704 799 to schedule an appointment today.