Chiropractic Treatments for Lower Back Pain
Chiropractic is a non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and/or the musculoskeletal system. Usually chiropractors focus on manipulating the spine and surrounding structures.
Research has found that chiropractic therapy is effective for the treatment of lower back pain, as well as for lumbar herniated disc for radiculopathy and neck pain.
The core chiropractic treatment consists of spinal manipulation and manual manipulation which is administered with the hope that it will improve functionality, reduce nerve irritability, and restore range of motion in the back. It is commonly known as "chiropractic adjustment." Mobilization is also used to improve movement by stretching the muscle and joints in order to increase range of motion.
Chiropractors concentrate on the close relationship between the nervous system and the spine. They believe that biomechanical and structural derangement of the spine may affect the nervous system. In many situations, chiropractors believe that chiropractic treatment can renovate the structural integrity of the spine and reduce pressure on the sensitive neurological tissue.
Chiropractors utilize a variety of treatments to treat patients with lower back pain and/or sciatica, neck pain, repetitive strains, headaches, sports injuries and arthritic pain. While chiropractors focus on neuromusculoskeletal disorders, chiropractors are not limited to issues with the nervous system and musculoskeletal system.
In assessing a patient's condition, chiropractors use three categories to diagnose. The potentially serious condition is a category which ranges from tumors to infections and major neurological problems. When presented with this category, the chiropractor will most likely refer the patient to a relevant medical specialist and possibly a surgeon.
The second category is defined as a nerve problem in which the nerve root in the lower back is pinched or compressed, causing radiculopathy or sciatica. The third category consists of non-specific mechanical back pain in the lumbar spine. This includes pain that has no identifiable cause.
In treating these conditions, chiropractors may utilize therapeutic measures including heat and cold, exercise, massage, and dietary management. Other treatments are also available depending on the patient's condition.