Lower back pain seems to affect everyone at one time or another. For some sufferers, it can be aggravating, while for others, it can be agonizing. It is one of the most frequent conditions that our chiropractor treats at Casey Family Chiropractic in Jacksonville, IL.
Symptoms of Lower Back Pain
The lower back is an incredibly complex system of bones, joints, discs, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, and soft tissue. This system works in conjunction to provide stability, flexibility, and mobility. When one or more components of that system become misaligned or injured, you experience lower back pain, loss of range of motion, muscle spasms, and leg pain and weakness, often down to your foot.
Some Common Causes of Lower Back Pain
Several different conditions can cause lower back pain. These include degenerative disc disorder, stenosis, spinal misalignment, spinal disc displacement, disc herniation with nerve root impingement, and sciatica.
The sciatic nerve emerges from the lower spine and runs across both hips, down both sides of the buttocks, and down each leg. Sciatica is a painful lower back condition. The name of the disorder refers to pain that travels along the sciatic nerve. Chiropractic care has been found to be very effective at relieving sciatica pain and assisting the affected area during the recovery process.
Chiropractic Care for Lower Back Pain
When sciatica strikes, chiropractic care relieves its accompanying pain naturally and without surgery or medication. Tight and spasmed muscles are signature symptoms of sciatica. One of the first treatments that our chiropractor may administer is chiropractic massage to relax and lengthen your tight muscles. Manual trigger point therapy can also be applied to those spasms. This is all in preparation for our chiropractor to begin adjusting the lower spine and realign it to its proper position.
A patient with a more difficult case of sciatica might be a suitable candidate for spinal decompression. For this treatment, the patient will lay on a special decompression table that stretches the spine and allows one or more of the spinal discs to return to their proper position.
Lower Back Pain and Sciatica Relief in Jacksonville, IL
If you suffer from lower back pain or sciatica, call Casey Family Chiropractic in Jacksonville today at (217) 243-5313 to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor. Dr. Casey will perform a thorough examination and create a treatment plan that is designed to provide effective pain relief.