Our Chiropractor in Kannapolis Diagnoses and Treats Lower Back Pain
Low back pain is typically caused by damage or deterioration of discs, vertebrae, muscles, and joints comprising your spine. Back sprains and strains may occur if you lift or twist your back improperly, pick up something heavy or exercise too vigorously. When spongy, tough pads of tissue called discs are compressed due to misaligned vertebrae, they often bulge outward from between vertebrae and irritate sensitive spinal nerves, producing chronic lower back pain and stiffness.
Disc degeneration also causes lower back pain if your discs become thinner, drier and lose their ability to prevent vertebrae from scraping against each other. To correctly diagnose back pain, your chiropractor will evaluate your symptoms, examine your back and spine and possibly order imaging tests.
Openings in your spine allowing spinal nerves to extend into different areas of the body may narrow as you age. Vertebrae disks may lose their elasticity, bulge and cause nerve irritation. Your chiropractor may diagnose you with spinal stenosis if you suffer from the following symptoms:
- Chronic lower back pain
- Pain and numbness in your buttocks and thighs
- Weakness in your arms and legs
- Problems with balance
- Periodic incontinence (in advanced cases of spinal stenosis)
Symptoms of spinal stenosis tend to worsen when you stand or walk. Sitting down or leaning forward may ease the pain for a short time. In addition to aging, spinal stenosis is usually caused by spinal arthritis, an injury that irritates the spinal cord or nerve roots or spinal growths/tumors.
Sciatica is a form of radiculitis producing radiating pain along the sciatic nerve. Pain from sciatica affects the lower back, buttocks, upper thighs and can reach as far down as the feet if nerve root irritation is severe. Also called sciatic neuritis or lumbar radiculopathy, sciatica presents symptoms that mimic those of radiculitis but are typically restricted to affecting only one side of the body. Symptoms of radiculitis and sciatica primarily involve intense pain and tingling radiating from the lower back into other areas of the body, specifically one buttock, and leg.
Chiropractic Treatment for Lower Back Pain
After determining the exact cause of your lower back pain, Dr. Litaker will develop a drug and surgery free treatment plan involving spinal adjustments, decompression therapy and/or traction to relieve nerve compression caused by back disorders and a misaligned spine. In addition, chiropractic massage therapy is an effective complement to these treatments, promoting muscle relaxation and blood flow to damaged areas of your spine.
Contact our Chiropractor in Kannapolis Today for Lower Back Pain Treatment
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Litaker for chiropractic treatment for your lower back pain, please call (704) 467-4808 today.