Lower Back Pain
Dr. Brett Stephens
Understanding Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain, also called lumbar spine pain, is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Lower back pain is the most common reason for missed work and second common reason for a doctor’s visit. Lower back pain can affect anyone. Lower back pain can come from the intervertebral joints, facets, disc, ligaments, muscles and nerve roots. Lower back pain can stay at the lower back or travel downward into the buttock, legs, and feet. It can affect one or both legs. Shooting, sharp, tingling and numbness down the legs can accompany more serious lower back pain.
Lower back Anatomy
The lower back is made up of 5 moveable vertebra / spinal bones that are stacked with numerous muscle groups using the lumbar spine as attachment sites. These joints connect at the facet joints. The facet joints are held together by capsules of hard cartilage. There are 5 intervertebral discs / spinal disc that give the joints cushion and flexibility. There are strong, thick ligaments that help hold and support the joints.
Common causes of Lower Back Pain
Poor posture -seated, standing.
Desk and computer use
Sprains or strains
Sneezing and Coughing
Chiropractic and Lower back pain
Research shows Chiropractic Adjustments are a safe and reliable treatment for the Lower Back pain.