The spine is a complex structure that plays a supportive role in our bodies and a protective role for our spinal cords and the nervous system. Unfortunately, back pain in the general adult population has been reported to be as high as 84% during the span of our lifetimes. Back pain can be localized, but it can radiate down into the buttocks and legs and cause numbness and tingling sensations down the legs and feet.
When dealing with back pain, in some cases it goes away by itself, but often, the underlying cause is not properly addressed, and the pain becomes chronic. Many people experience reoccurring back pain every few months or every year, or it starts as general stiffness and gradually gets worse over the next few months. In those cases, the pain does not go away.
Most common causes of back pain
- herniated disc
- sprains and strains
- degenerative disc disease
- spinal stenosis
- muscle injury
- joint dysfunction
How low back pain can be related to the neck
Back pain could be coming from the back itself, but you may find it surprising to learn that oftentimes back pain is attributed to misalignment at the top of the neck. Vertebrae in the spine are connected to and work with each other, and when they are misaligned at the top, it can lead to dysfunctions to vertebrae in the lower parts of the spine, potentially leading to postural imbalances, muscle spasms, burning sensations to the upper back, and general stiffness.
At Vitalpoint Chiropractic, we will identify the cause of your lower back pain with a thorough medical consultation and physical examination and will develop a care plan to correct the problem. Our treatments for back pain can include specific chiropractic adjustments, postural rehabilitation, massage therapy, and acupuncture. We are a multidisciplinary clinic with experienced providers who can offer you the collaborative care that you need.