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Is Chiropractic Care the Best for Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a very common problem. Statistics generally estimate that 90% of Americans will suffer from lower back pain at some time in their lives. Low back pain can range from mild pain to extremely debilitating pain levels and lower back pain is one of the most common reasons patients come to our office for help. Dr. Becker is conveniently located in Los Angeles and provides chiropractic care that strives to improve spinal motion and function. Clinically, Dr. Becker has found that spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments combined with a slight increase in normal exercise has helped many patients experiencing low back pain. People who have had multiple episodes of lower back pain will often find that maintaining good spinal function and a regular exercise program after that, has helped to reduce the prevalence of low back pain episodes in the future.

What your lower back is made of

The lower back is the area of the spine between the bottom of your ribs and the top of your pelvis. There are 5 movable lumbar vertebrae with discs in between them which are surrounded by strong supporting muscles and ligaments with the spinal nerves existing between each set of vertebrae. The pelvis articulates with the spine and provides additional stability and support for the spine. All of these structures combine to make your body into a strong but moveable and flexible structure, allowing you to move while protecting the spinal cord and nerves.

What causes lower back pain

Lower back pain is sometimes caused by abnormal spinal motion, fixation or damage such as muscle strains, joint sprains or degeneration. The symptoms often start off as a dull ache and can progress over time to a sharp, severe and constant low back pain. If the nerves leaving the spine are affected it can cause pain into the legs known as sciatica. The problem with the lower back is that your pain may feel the same regardless of what the cause is. That is why getting an accurate diagnosis is an important step to getting on the road to recovery. Lower back pain also tends to be aggravated by other lifestyle factors including poor posture, a lack of appropriate exercise, injuries, and poor ergonomics at home and work.
One of the most common causes of lower back pain is putting unnecessary strain on your back by activities such as improper lifting or very heavy lifting. This can damage the vertebrae and discs and lead to swelling and inflammation of the disc, joints and muscles. Indeed strains to the lower back and disc injuries are two of the most common causes of low back pain that Dr. Becker treats in Los Angeles. There are many other causes of lower back pain including herniated discs, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome and sacroiliac joint pain (sacroiliitis).

If you’d like to learn more about how you can help ease your lower back pain, why not make an appointment with Dr. Becker. Dr. Becker is a Chiropractor in West Los Angeles (West LA) and specializes in treating lower back pain, sciatica and slipped disc injuries. Dr. Becker is committed to relieving your pain using the principles of traditional chiropractic care, by finding and fixing the cause of your condition. Dr. Becker frequently sees patients from the surrounding neighborhoods in West Los Angeles (West LA) including Culver City, Century City and Beverly Hills. Please feel free to call with any questions or comments.