Lower back pain is typically linked to a problem with the lumbar or lower spine. Pain lasting beyond 3 months is deemed as chronic and is a common cause of missed work days and job-related disability. Medication is a traditional pain treatment but does not address the root cause of the condition. Chiropractor Dr. Tabick of Dr. Tabick, D.C. Chiropractor & Brainstem Specialist, in Brooklyn, utilizes a chiropractic technique called spinal manipulation to provide natural relief for acute or subacute back pain.
What Causes Lower Back Pain
The structure and flexibility of the lower spine facilitate various types of body movements but also make it susceptible to injury. Common causes of pain are:
- Spinal misalignment
- Sport injury
- Auto accident injury, e.g., whiplash
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Lumbar disc herniation
- Degenerative disc disease, e.g., sciatica or spinal stenosis
- Poor posture when sitting, standing, or lifting heavy objects
- Lumbar spinal nerve root compression, e.g., due to lumbar radiculopathy
Symptoms of Pain in the Lower Back
- Tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness in the legs
- Referred pain in the buttocks, leg, or feet
- Pain gets worse with time
- Stiffness in the lower back
- Pain improves with rest
- Pain worsens with prolonged sitting or standing
Diagnosing Pain in the Lower Back
Diagnosing the cause of pain can be challenging since it can be caused by various conditions. Our expert Brooklyn chiropractor, Dr. Tabick, will ask you certain routine questions during the initial consultation and evaluation.
A physical examination is done and usually includes direct spinal palpation, checking your motor skills, and response when pressure is applied to the back. Imaging tests such as x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs may be done to analyze the spinal vertebrae and connective tissues to look for signs of abnormalities.
Chiropractic Treatment for Pain in the Lower Back
Spinal manipulation is a safe chiropractic adjustment technique used to treat pain in the lower back. It is proven effective in relieving pain and improving mobility. Controlled force, e.g., traction, is applied with the hands or a special device to shift the spine back into its proper position.
Realigning the spine takes pressure off musculoskeletal structures such as joints, bones, nerves, and discs surrounding the spine. Massage therapy, physical therapy, and exercises are other chiropractic methods that provide additional relief and help strengthen muscles and joints.
Book an appointment with our chiropractor today!
Living with nagging lower back pain can be frustrating, not to mention it can worsen with time and limit movement. Dr. Tabick will craft a chiropractic care plan based on your diagnosis. He takes a "whole person" approach to treatment and may offer nutritional and lifestyle advice to help reduce the risk of recurrent back pain. Call 718-745-8177 to schedule a consultation for treatment at Dr. Tabick, D.C. Chiropractor & Brainstem Specialist, in Brooklyn, NY.