What can be done about chronic lower back pain?
The lumbar spine, or lower back, is a remarkably well-engineered structure of interconnecting bones, joints, nerves, ligaments, and muscles all working together to provide support, strength, and flexibility. However, this complex structure also leaves the lower back susceptible to injury and pain.
The lower back supports the weight of the upper body and provides mobility for everyday motions such as bending and twisting. Muscles in the lower back are responsible for flexing and rotating the hips while walking, as well as supporting the spinal column. Nerves in the lower back supply sensation and power the muscles in the pelvis, legs, and feet.
Most acute low back pain results from injury to the muscles, ligaments, joints, or discs. The body also reacts to injury by mobilizing an inflammatory healing response. While inflammation sounds minor, it can cause severe pain.
There is a significant overlap of nerve supply to many of the discs, muscles, ligaments, and other spinal structures, and it can be difficult for the brain to accurately sense which is the cause of the pain. For example, a degenerated or torn lumbar disc can feel the same as a pulled muscle – both creating inflammation and painful muscle spasm in the same area. Muscles and ligaments heal rapidly, while a torn disc may or may not. The time course of pain helps determine the cause.
Here at Waitara Chiropractic Clinic, we have the expertise to ensure you are on the road to recovery as soon as possible. Dr. Gum will give you an initial assessment to diagnose any problems and together you will build a plan to suit your lifestyle. We understand that it’s a difficult process to change your habits completely but together we can map out a realistic and effective road map.