Lower Back Pain Treatment In Fairfax, VA
Lower Back Pain Treatment
Lower back pain is a physical discomfort felt in the lumbar region (below the ribcage) caused by an injury, spinal degeneration, muscle strain, or diseases such as; herniated discs, kidney stones, and sometimes cancer. It usually starts as a minor pain but becomes worse over time if ignored. Pain medications temporarily relieve pain but do not fix the underlying cause. If lower back pain is not treated early, the patient may require expensive surgeries.
This page will provide information on the causes, symptoms, and treatment of lower back pain. You can book an appointment by calling us at 703-373-7113.
Symptoms of Lower back pain
The symptoms of lower back pain are:
- Dull pain in your lower back.
- Excruciating shooting pain in the back.
- Radiation of pain down to your leg.
- Increased pain when bending, lifting, standing or moving.
- Stiffness and muscle spasms in the lower back, hips and pelvic area.
Causes of Lower back pain
Lower back pain can occur as a result of the following:
- Carrying heavy materials, tools, or equipment
- Sitting for an extended period & a poor posture
- Gradual onset from old injuries
- Referred from the neck
Chiropractic Treatment Of Lower Back Pain
Chiropractors are experienced back pain doctors. Your back pain chiropractor will review your symptoms to understand the possible underlying causes of your back pain. Your chiropractor may recommend taking x-rays of your spine before discussing a treatment plan with you. Chiropractic care focuses on adjustments to gradually fix your spine instead of expensive, riskier treatments like injections or surgery. A chiropractor may also recommend laser therapy for more effective healing, depending on your situation.
Long-term problems due to ignoring lower back pain can be permanent damage to your back, spine, vertebra, and discs which may require expensive back surgery for treatment.
Temporary pain relief
The following practices will help in the pain relief of back pain:
- Hot water bottle or warm pad compression on the affected area
- Ice pack compression on the affected area. It will ease the pain and also reduce the risk of inflammation.
- Epsom salt bath. It helps to reduce pains and inflammation. It can be used as frequently as you desire—two cups in warm water.
- The use of some support devices such as; braces, gripping tools, and footwear inserts
- Physical therapy & use of over-the-counter drugs such as; ibuprofen, and paracetamol
It is important to see a back pain doctor in Fairfax, VA, immediately to avoid significant damage to your back.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Lower Back Pain
Insurances typically usually cover diagnostic tests and chiropractic treatments. You can call our chiropractic office in Fairfax, Virginia, to discuss your insurance coverage.
It’s quite annoying to wake up to lower back pain. The main reason you’d wake up to back pain is because of a bad sleeping posture or a bad mattress.
Once your sleeping posture causes the natural curve at your lower back to flatten, you could wake up to lower back pain. It is recommended to sleep on your sides or back. If you like sleeping on your stomach, you could consider placing a pillow under your lower abdomen to help reduce the pressure on your back. Overused mattresses should be changed to maintain a healthy spine and sleep.
Following movements can help to release the tension in your lower back:
- Extend your legs while lying on your back.
- Gently raise your left leg up with your knee slightly bent.
- Draw your knee towards your chest.
Hold still for 30 seconds & Repeat the same on the right leg.
Yes, walking is helpful to ease the tension in your lower back. It is indeed a very good exercise to start with. Walking helps to strengthen the muscles in your stomach, which helps maintain a good alignment for your spine.
A bad posture while sitting, standing, sleeping, prolonged bending, or lifting weights can strain the muscles at your lower back, causing tightness or stiffness. Injuries inflammation can also cause tightness in your lower back. See a doctor nearby if the pain persists.
Problems or ailments associated with the abdominal organs are more likely to cause lower back pain. Ailments such as:
- Kidney infection.
- Kidney stones.
- Ulcer injuries.
- Endometriosis and fibroids.
Pain is not a good indicator of how serious your back pain is. You can have very bad damage in your lower back but have moderate pain. However, you should take quick actions once your back pain is accompanied by; high fever, loss of bladder control, severe stomach pain, and persisting leg weakness.