Lower Back Pain In Fairfax, VA

Dr. Gregory Lee DC Fairfax Chiropractor

Lower Back Pain Specialist

Lower back pain is a physical discomfort felt at 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. 

Dr. Gregory Lee DC at Active Family Wellness is a highly rated chiropractor in Fairfax Virginia, with decades of experience in treating lower back pain.

This page will provide information on causes, symptoms, and treatment of lower back pain. You can book an appointment by calling us on 703-373-7113.

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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
  • Fall
  • Sitting for a long period of time
  • Poor posture
  • Gradual onset from old injuries
  • Referred from the neck

Long term problems due to ignoring Lower back pain

There can be severe consequences of ignoring lower back pain. There can be permanent damage to the back which may require expensive back surgery for treatment. There can also be permanent damage to the spine, vertebra and your discs.

Temporary pain relief

The following practices will help in the pain relief for 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 the pains and inflammation. It can be used as frequent as you desire. Two cups in a warm water.

It is important to see a back pain doctor in  Fairfax, VA immediately to avoid significant damage to your back.

Treatment Of Lower back pain in Fairfax, VA

Chiropractors are experienced back pain doctors. Your chiropractor will review your symptoms to understand 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. Chiropractor may also recommend laser therapy for more effective healing depending on your situation.

Does medical insurance cover?

Insurances typically usually cover diagnostic tests and chiropractic treatments. You can call our chiropractic office in Fairfax, Virginia to discuss your insurance coverage.   

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LOWER BACK PAIN

What is better for lower back pain, heat or cold?

Heat and cold compression on the affected area of the back pain are helpful. Heat provides relief from stiffness, muscle spasms, and tensions. Hence, it helps to ease the pain. A cold compress is better for cases caused by injury. It helps to reduce inflammation and infections.

Why does my lower back hurt every morning?

It’s quite annoying to wake up to a lower back pain. The main reason you’d wake up to a back pain is because of a bad sleeping posture or a bad mattress.

How should I sleep to relieve lower back pain?

Once your sleeping posture causes the natural curve at your lower back to flatten, you could wake up to a 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.

How do you relax your lower back muscles?

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 knee slightly bent.
  • Draw your knee towards your chest.

Hold still for 30 seconds.

Repeat the same on the right leg.

Does walking help lower back pain?

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.

Why is my lower back so tight?

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 near by if the pain persists.

What organs can cause Lower back pain?

Problems or ailments associated with the abdominal organs are more likely to cause a lower back pain. Ailments such as:

  • kidney infection.
  • kidney stones.
  • Pancreatitis.
  • Ulcer injuries.
  • Endometriosis and fibroids.

How can you tell if back pain is muscular?

Back pain can be muscular if you experience the following:

  • Stiffness.
  • Swellings.
  • Inflammation.
  • Difficulty in bending and climbing stairs.
  • Uneasiness while walking.

Is walking good for lower back pain?

Yes, walking helps 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 trunk thereby maintaining a good alignment for your spine.

What can cause sudden severe lower back pain?

Mostly back pain of this nature doesn’t suddenly become severe unless it was caused by an injury, bad sleeping posture, fracture, and dislocation.

When should I be worried about my lower back pain?

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.

What can cause lower back pain in woman?

Lower back pain occur as a result of the following:

  • Carrying heavy materials, tools and equipments.
  • Forward or side wards trunk bending.
  • Falls.
  • Sitting for a long period of time.
  • Extreme physical demanding.
  • Frequent body vibration.
  • Smoking cigarettes.
  • Obesity.

It’s more like to occur in women than men because of some hormonal indicators such as stress, anxiety, and frequent mood shift.

What can I do to relieve my lower back pain?

The following practices will help in the pain relief for 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 the pains and inflammation. It can be used as frequent as you desire. Two cups in a warm water.
  • The use of some support devices such as; braces, gripping tools and foot wear insert.
  • Physical therapy
  • The use of over the counter drugs such as; ibuprofen, paracetamol.

It is most recommendable to see a back pain doctor in  Fairfax, VA if the pain persist.

How do I know if my back pain is serious?

Pain is not a good indicator on how serious a your back pain is. You can have a very bad damage in your lower back but have a moderate pain. You should visit a chiropractor as soon as possible.