What is Low Back Pain?

Almost everyone has a low back pain at some point, it is considered to be a universal human experience.  The lower back starts below the rib cage and consists of the long curved bones that surround the chest, also known as a lumbar region.  Pain in the lower back can be extreme and it is one of the leading causes of an inability to work. 

General Symptoms

Symptoms of pain range from dull aches to piercing sensations that make it very hard to move or stand.  The pain starts suddenly, usually after lifting a heavy object or following a sports injury. Chronic pain lasts for more than three months. You should be attentive to warning signals, if the pain does not get better after three days, call your healthcare professional.

Symptoms that Suggest Urgency

Pain following a fall should be immediately checked out by a medical professional. Other symptoms such as a loss of bowel movement, fever, pain when coughing or urinating, and loss of bladder control also suggest immediate medical attention.

Muscle strain versus Sciatica

Muscle strain can happen after lifting heavy objects.  On the other hand, back pain relating to a bulging disc is called sciatica. Sciatica includes symptoms of numbness, weakness, or leg pain that pass through the lower back via the sciatic nerve, particularly at the back of the leg.

Job-related Back Pain

If your job requires heavy lifting, pulling, or anything that strains the spine, you are more likely to be inflicted by low back pain.  Likewise, sitting at a desk for a prolonged period of time can lead to pain at the lower back, or worsen an existing problem.  This is true especially to those people who tend to use a non-ergonomically designed office chairs that are lacking in back support.

Low Back Pain and Your Bag

Despite the fact that you are just hanging your bag over your shoulders, it is the lower back that suffers whenever you carry heavy-weight bags.  Overstuffed bags can injure the lower back, especially if you tend to carry it day after day. Try switching to a rolling or wheeled bag if you require an overstuffed bag daily.

Low Back Pain and Exercise

Overdoing an exercise is one of the most common causes of lower back pain.  You are more likely to experience pain if you tend to be motionless on weekdays and then you exhaust yourself at the gym on the weekend.

Back Pain and Posture

Slouching posture can cause too much pressure on muscles, joints, and discs.  Your back supports weight when you don’t slouch. If you want to have a good posture, keep your shoulders back, open your chest and keep your back straight while you sit. 

Back Pain and Herniated Disc

A herniated disc develops when a weakened disc ruptures or bulges causing pinching in the nearby nerve. The pain may radiate to other parts of the body, especially from the low back to the leg, or from the neck to the arm.

Chiropractic Spinal Manipulations

Chiropractic is a health care profession that is useful in curing musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders by means of non-surgical treatment.

Chiropractors use spinal or manual manipulation to cure low back pain by applying pressure to the bones and nearby tissues.  

Chiropractic Consultation

Skilled chiropractors do their best to help ease their patients’ symptoms with as few treatments as possible.  They will also advise you on how to avoid future occurrences of pain.  

During the consultation, it is important to ask any questions necessary for you to better understand the diagnosis, the treatment program, and the chiropractic examinations performed.

It is also important for the chiropractor to know the brief synopsis of your lower back pain.  You should provide the duration and frequency of symptoms, areas of pain, what makes your pain feel better or worse.  

If you have lower back pain, call Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center and see our top-rated chiropractor in Charlotte, NC.  We will explain the cause of the pain and bring you the best care.