Low back pain
What is low back pain?
Low back pain is pain anywhere in the region from the bottom of the rib cage to the buttocks and can be associated with pain radiating into the groin, abdomen or legs.
Low back pain has lots of potential causes, including musculoskeletal (arising from the muscles and joints), neurological and visceral (arising from your organs). The great news is that most low back pain isn’t serious in nature. Chiropractors undergo a 4-year full-time Master’s degree in order to ensure they can identify the most likely cause of your low back pain and manage it appropriately.
What will happen when I see a Chiropractor with low back pain?
We will take a thorough history of your back pain as well as your medical history and some family medical history in order to give us the most complete picture possible of what is going on with your back. This may include some questions that don’t seem relevant, but we promise they are and that they’re needed in order for us to come to as accurate a diagnosis as possible – we’re not just being nosy, honest!
We then do an extensive orthopaedic and neurological examination to further help us in determining the likely cause of your back pain.
After this, we will sit down together and discuss your diagnosis in detail, your treatment options and formulate a plan of care between us that is best suited for you. In most cases, if it is appropriate, we are able to start treatment on your initial consultation visit.
What is the best kind of treatment for low back pain?
Here at Gloucester Chiropractors we use a wide variety of treatment options including soft tissue work, dry needling (a form of medical acupuncture), joint mobilisation or manipulation, kinesiotaping and home exercises.
Spinal manipulation has been shown to be effective in improving pain, mobility and disability in low back pain, especially when used in combination with education and home exercises.
What can I do to help my back pain?
As we mentioned above, the vast majority of low back pain is not serious in nature and a large proportion of low back pain will resolve on its own or with non-invasive treatment such as painkillers, exercise and manual therapy within a few weeks.
The best thing you can do to manage your back pain is stay as mobile as possible and continue with your day to day activities such as going to work where you can, with modifications as needed. Over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can be useful, though check with your GP or pharmacist that these are safe for you to take if you are unsure. Using an Ice pack or a hot water bottle on the painful area for 20 minutes can also provide some relief.