Lower back pain tends to be more common than upper back pain, primarily because the lower back is subjected to more force during movements, as well as more strain when standing or sitting for extended periods of time.
Lots of factors can cause or contribute to lower back pain, including overuse and repetitive activities like bending and lifting, poor posture when standing or sitting, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time, traumatic injuries from car accidents or falls, and some spinal diseases.
Herniated discs are a common cause of pain in the lower back, as well as related symptoms of pain, numbness, and tingling that radiate into the buttocks and legs. Herniated discs cause sciatica, a particular type of lower back pain that occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed and irritated.
Lower back pain tends to be more common among people who are overweight, those who lead sedentary lifestyles, people whose jobs require long periods of standing, sitting, or lifting, and individuals who have weak core muscles in the abdomen and torso.
Treatment begins with a thorough evaluation to determine the specific cause of pain. Spinal adjustments and other hands-on therapy can help relieve painful symptoms by gently realigning the vertebrae to alleviate inflammation, nerve irritation and impingement.
Most treatments also involve core strengthening exercises and stretching to improve flexibility in the lower back. Dr. Bendis can also recommend lifestyle changes and ergonomic improvements to relieve strain on the back at home, work, and school.
One of the best ways to prevent lower back pain or address chronic or recurrent pain in the lower back is to have routine chiropractic adjustments. Regular adjustments and other hands-on techniques help identify and address issues in their earliest stages so more severe problems like painful herniated discs and nerve impingements can be prevented.
Losing excess weight and being more physically active are also important, and incorporating exercises to strengthen the core and improve overall flexibility are critical for avoiding strain that can lead to herniated disc and inflammation.
Lifestyle changes like improving posture and using better ergonomics at work and home are also essential in limiting the stress on the lower back so painful symptoms can be prevented.
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