Low Back Pain Chiropractor in Burbank
Causes of Low Back Pain Explained By Our Chiropractor
Our Chiropractor knows there could be a number of causes of low back pain involving twisting, turning, or lifting. Be mindful of proper lifting techniques and see your doctor if faced with any serious injuries. It is important to be mindful and aware when lifting and carrying objects as to not strain your back. More often than not, people injure themselves over simple tasks such as picking up a light object from the floor, like a pencil, because they are not placing too much though on it. This is compared to performing a heavy deadlift where you know the bar is heavy and know what to expect. The sudden movement downwards and coming back to a straightened position is when people feel like they might have strained something or injured themselves.
Symptoms of Low Back Pain
Depending on the injury and the effect it can have on the body, a person dealing with low back pain can experience a dull pain, instability, achy, stiff, numbness, or tingling. These are just a few of the symptoms one can feel depending on the severity of the injury. The discs in the low back can also become herniated if not mindful of the lifting technique which can potentially cause a much longer rehab time. Joint jamming can also be experienced, depending on how the injury occurred, which can lead to a local dull, achy, and sore type of feeling which is often alleviated with forward flexion of the low back.
Low Back Pain Treatment
For acute conditions, passive therapies such as ice, muscle stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, and kinesiotape is generally recommended to reduce inflammation and swelling. For more chronic conditions, it is important to work on flexibility, mobility, and strength, in that order, to help rehabilitate the injured area and help prevent future injury. Loosening up the surrounding muscles will help take pressure off the joints and allow for more flexibility in and around the injured area. Mobility can help allow better movement within the joint and prevent it from “locking up” and becoming immobile. Finally, strengthening is incorporated to help stabilize the injured area so that future injury is less likely to occur. Chiropractic adjustments can also help engage movement within the region and prevent further joint jamming. Furthermore, chiropractic adjustments can take pressure off the exiting nerve roots to allow for better communication within the body and accelerate the healing process. It is important to see a healthcare provider sooner rather than later so that the injured area can be rehabilitated before more serious problems arise. Waiting a long period of time after an injury can make the rehab process much longer than if it were treated sooner. It can be a frustrating process, but following the instructions of your healthcare provider and performing the prescribed daily stretches and exercises can help decrease the rehabilitation time.
Mobility plays an important role when dealing with joint issues. If a person is not moving properly, certain accessory muscles will be recruited and overworked to help compensate for the “unstable” area. Cat Camel mobility exercise and performing knees to chest, pulling your knees to your chest while lying down face up, can help with “opening up” the joint spaces. Stabilization is the next step and very important in helping rehab an injured area. Strengthening your core (ex: planks and side planks) will allow for better stabilization of the trunk which will take pressure off the low back. Furthermore, strengthening the low back muscles (back extension exercise), quads, and hamstrings can help protect the low back and help prevent future injuries. The muscles of the thigh connect to the pelvis so strengthening these muscles will also help stabilize the pelvis and low back. Once performing these body weight exercises becomes easier, you can incorporate resistance band training to help activate your muscles more. Patients and discipline is key in any type of rehab program.