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 Dealing with Low Back Pain

If your low back pain is relentless, and you're sick and tired of the suffering, reading this report may be the most important thing you've done to improve your health and well being, ever.  What your doctor doesn't know about low back pain will surprise you.

If your doctor tells you that your low back has been sprained and that cutting back on your activities while taking medication will cure the problem, then you can be certain that he or she may not be the one you should be talking to.  The reason for this is that most medical doctors are unable to diagnose and treat the real cause of low back pain.  Their treatment is likely to be ineffective and may result in you never getting better.

Taking drugs just masks back pain; it will never cure your lower back pain, and furthermore, even drugs such as aspirin, if taken over a long period of time, can cause damage to your liver, kidneys, and stomach lining.  And, masking pain just prevents you from curing the underlying source of the pain, which allows the low back pain problem to become progressively worse over time.

Before you accept your doctor's recommendation to have lower back surgery, check the alternative.  A group of university scientists performed a double blind study in which one group received the traditional low back pain treatment with drugs, while another group were treated by a different method--one without drugs or surgery.  While both low back pain  groups reported they felt better, there was a big difference in the outcome for one of the groups.

After the treatments were discontinued, the low back pain returned to the first group after about one month, while the second group--the group which received chiropractic care, reported that they were low back pain free.  

What Causes Low Back Pain?

Falls, car accidents, sports strains and injuries, heavy lifting, or repetitive work may cause damage to your low back. Often the vertebrae (spinal bones) are involved because the vertebrae protect the nerves that travel through the spinal column and go to muscles, tissues and organs in the body. Thus, even a small change in the position of the spinal bones can profoundly affect delicate nerve tissue resulting in back pain. Degenerative changes in the vertebrae also can irritate or inflame these delicate nerves.

Another cause of low back pain can be problems with a disc (the fibrous cushion between each vertebra). A bulging or ruptured disc can irritate nerves that travel from the spinal cord. This may cause buttock or leg pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs, hip, thigh or the foot.

Finally, problems can occur due to wear and tear on the low back as we age. Arthritic changes in the spinal bones such as spurs (abnormal bony growths), disc degeneration (breakdown of the discs), and muscle or ligament weakness may change the normal healthy curve of the low back spine. This can also lead to irritation of the nerves in the spine resulting in pain.

Although low back pain problems are more common in people who are in poor physical condition, ANYONE CAN HAVE LOW BACK PAIN PROBLEMS!  In today's work place, many have jobs that include heavy lifting, lots of bending, or prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing. Emotional stress or long periods of inactivity may intensify symptoms or trigger the recurrence of a previous low back problem.

How Chiropractic Can Help

The chiropractic approach to treating low back pain is to find the source of the problem and correct it, NOT JUST TREAT THE SYMPTOMS!  By correcting the source of the problem, the body can then heal itself naturally. Low back pain often responds dramatically to the restoration of the normal position and motion of the vertebrae through chiropractic care.

The Alexandria-Arlington VA Auto Accident Injury Chiropractor, Dr. Leslie Holcombe treatment for spinal malfunction is the use of specific chiropractic adjustments also called spinal manipulations. Applying a precisely directed force to a spinal joint that is out of position or not moving properly helps gradually restore it to a more normal position and function. Depending on each individual condition, Dr. Holcombe will use her hands or a special low force adjusting instrument to deliver a quick, therapeutic thrust to the affected joint (s). Other adjustments may require a slow constant pressure to a specific area for release.

Dr. Holcombe also uses physical medicine modality procedures and physical rehabilitation exercises to complement her adjustments to speed your recovery and healing. These often include heat and/or cold compresses, muscle stimulation, ultra sound, cold laser light treatments, low back decompression techniques, neck and back traction, manual therapies, massage therapy and rehabilitative exercises to strengthen and retrain back muscles. Lifestyle changes such as review of office ergonomics, eating a healthier diet, nutritional supplements and reducing stress may also be suggested. [Read More]

When to Seek Help For Low Back Pain? ..... TODAY!

DON'T CONTINUE TO SUFFER!! While most low back problems are often more easily treated within the first month of the onset of symptoms, Dr. Holcombe believes it's never too late to get help. The sooner you seek professional chiropractic care, the sooner you'll find relief from your pain.


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