Low back pain is one of the most common problems that people experience. The good thing is that this type of back pain can tremendously benefit from natural non-drug and non-surgical therapies.
On some occasions this is a difficult problem to treat. People suffer tremendous discomfort and disability from lower back pain, but a physical therapist can perform therapies which help relieve the symptoms and improve the person’s ability to stand, move and walk.
Let’s take a look at some of the key questions and answers in regards to lower back pain.
What Are the Key Points to Know about the Lumbar Region?
- Spinal manipulation is only one option – there are a number of things that you can try, and each and every one of them will help promote the healing of your lower back. Spinal manipulation should be combined with exercise, physical therapy and massage. These can all help provide relief, depending on the severity of the problem. Some use pain relieving medication and this is a temporary solution, but understand that it is only masking the symptoms and not curing the problem.
- Cauda equina syndrome – this syndrome has to do with a significant narrowing of the spinal canal in the lowest part. When this happens, a person can experience certain symptoms like losing feeling in one or both of their legs, bladder problems, bowel problems, low back pain and weakness. This condition can occasionally benefit from a physical therapist performing spinal manipulation. However, when the symptoms of cauda equina syndrome are present, you must seek medical care immediately to prevent permanent nerve damage.
What Do I Need to Know about Lower Back Pain?
For the most part, it’s important to note that this pain is one of the most common problems that people experience today. Eight out of 10 people will actually suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives. The lumbar region is the area most negatively affected for people. The pain can last for a short time, or some may experience chronic pain that lasts for months or years.
Physical therapists can perform therapies to help alleviate the symptoms and strengthen the spine. This will help eliminate the lumbar pain and restore normal function. The overall goal of the treatment is to help improve physical function and relieve pain and suffering.
How Can I Manage Lower Back Pain?
- Acute pain in the lower back – this may be the most difficult to manage, as acute episodes often require days to resolve and manual therapies may be limited in effectiveness. However, they can provide some relief as well as speed up the healing process.
- Chronic pain in the lower back – most people will chronically take painkillers in order to alleviate the symptoms. This does not work, although it will mask the problem temporarily. Spinal manipulation from a chiropractor is the best way to bring the lower back into alignment. Combining manipulation with physical therapy is often the best approach.
If suffering from pain in the lumbar region, please contact our office to schedule a visit with a physical therapist as soon as possible to receive excellent help.