Lower back pain, a condition originating between the bottom of the rib cage and the legs, is a problem that affects many people. In fact, up to 80% of the population endures serious back pain at some point in their lives, whether due to an auto accident, injury or even just from the habits and pressures of modern living. It can be either dull or sharp, from a specific place or over a broader region of the back.
Poor posture is a major culprit of lower back pain, stemming from unnatural long term body positioning, often with repetitive motions, without frequent reprieves. Computer usage and backpacks are frequently the instigators of bad posture. Since the lower back connects the upper body to the lower body and bears most of the body’s weight, the region is more susceptible to stress when the body takes on an unusual amount of weight. Thus, heavy lifting and overworking the upper body are also common causes of lower back pain. The actions of reaching and twisting can additionally cause tension to the region. Mechanical issues involving the spine can cause lower back pain, including a slipped disc, spinal stenosis, DISH (Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis), muscle spasms or disc breakdowns.
How we treat lower back pain
The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and restore normalcy to your life for the long term by getting to the origin of the condition. Dr. Mendoza will analyze your medical history, perform a physical examination and possibly conduct lab tests to determine the appropriate approach to your condition. Treatment may include manual adjustments with controlled force to the spine to realign the back. Restoring the structural integrity of the spine allows an increased range of motion, relieves irritation to nerves and generally improves function. Treatment may also include heat and cold therapy, massage, electrical muscle stimulation and traction devices. These treatments are aimed at bringing blood flow, relieving tension and building strength in back muscles. Dietary and nutritional management is sometimes also necessary.
If you suffer from lower back pain, Dr. Mendoza can help
Dr. Mendoza knows how to treat your lower back pain and injury and bring your life back to normal. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to reduce pain and stress to your lower back. Our multidisciplinary approach includes cutting edge medical technology, health care expertise and physical therapy from a specialist in diagnosing and rehabilitating back pain and injury. Dr. Mendoza will get you out of pain so you can return to an active, worry-free lifestyle.
If you are experiencing lower back pain due to an auto accident, work-related injury or poor posture, please contact us to help relieve your pain and cure its cause. Take the first step towards treatment and call 323-254-2881 for a FREE consultation, or contact us to schedule an appointment.