Chronic Lower Back Pain — Common Causes and Chiropractic Treatments in Anchorage, AK
Pain of any kind is a signal that something’s amiss. Some people silence their symptoms with a pain reliever and ignore the message. But that would be like removing the battery to quiet a smoke detector!
Two Common Causes
The nerve-rich facet joints on the back side of each spinal bone are a common cause of back pain. The pain can be a sign these interlocking “fingers” aren’t moving right.
The discs between spinal bones can be involved, too. Trauma can cause the soft, pulpy material in the middle to bulge, putting pressure on nearby nerves.
At Bilan Chiropractic of Anchorage, we’ve helped many people with safe and natural chiropractic care. However, other choices include:
- Ignore it (Spinal problems may worsen.)
- Bed rest (May prolong the problem.)
- Therapy (Stresses malfunctioning joints.)
- Medicine (Numbs the body.)
- Surgery (The most serious last resort.)
Other Conditions That Cause Lower Back Pain
Lumbar herniated disc – This condition occurs when the jelly-like center of a spinal disc breaks through the disc’s tough outer layer to inflame a nearby nerve root.
Degenerative disc disease – As people age, the naturally occurring water in their lumbar discs gradually depletes. This loss of hydration decreases spinal cushioning and may lead to painful tears in tissue or even complete tissue collapse.
Facet joint dysfunction – Two facet joints sit behind each disc in the lumbar spine. The cartilage of these joints is surrounded by a capsular ligament with incredibly high nerve density. Therefore, facet joints can be incredibly painful when stressed.
The Bilan Chiropractic Approach
Specific chiropractic adjustments can help improve spinal function. By restoring the way your spine works, discs and soft tissues may heal, nerve involvement may be reduced, pain can ease and better stability can return.
If you don’t have an Anchorage-based chiropractor, we’d like to be yours. Schedule a consultation today – click here to contact us.