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Low back pain

Low back pain

By Richard Keuhn, Chiropractic Doctor

Low back pain affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in their life. Sometimes it can be incapacitating and when it persists or recurs, it can limit our activities and enjoyment of life. While most back pain is considered “self-limiting,” that’s hard to believe when you can barely walk or every bump in the road causes excruciating pain! So what can Lakewood CO chiropractors do to relieve or “cure” low back pain and what about those unfortunate few that seem to be cursed with chronic back pain?

That depends on several factors. As a back pain specialist, I focus on finding the actual “cause” of the problem and restoring function as quickly and easily as possible.  A medical history and chiropractic examination provides critical information about the source of the pain. However, it is important to remember that low back pain is frequently caused by a combination of factors, especially as we age. Even though most low back pain is considered “self-limiting,” that primarily applies to the symptoms and not the actual “cause.” Regardless, professional guidance is critical in learning the best combination of home management, lifestyle changes and professional treatment for each person. Even if injections or surgery become necessary, these basic principles of conservative management will assist with minimizing the possibility of future recurrence and maintaining spinal health.

As a member of Lakewood CO chiropractors for more than 30 years, I have extensive training in spinal trauma, disc problems, sciatica, sports injuries and low back pain. After a thorough history and exam, we will discuss whether x-rays are indicated and why; regardless, it is important to remember that x-rays always provide valuable information about spinal health. Even with x-rays, it is important to remember the spine is a “functional” structure and x-rays are static. Consequently, treatments are often “fine-tuned” based upon patient response and input each visit. The older you are, the greater the likelihood of multiple contributing factors or pain generators. Conditions like arthritis, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and scoliosis usually have a complex presentation that has to be “managed” more than “cured,” while conditions like disc bulge, disc herniation and sciatica have a higher risk of injections or surgery but often can be completely resolved with conservative care and home management.

There are many remedies or treatments that may relieve low back pain, but the fastest road to long-term relief is finding a professional that will not only complete the proper assessments and imaging studies, but also take the time to explain your specific findings and teach proper home care. One of the distinguishing factors at LifeSource Health Partners is the effort we invest in making sure each patient understands proper home care, lifestyle modifications and supportive behaviors to not only relieve low back pain but accelerate your recovery, prevent future recurrences and maintain spinal health.

In summary, we all need supportive maintenance to our spines, nervous system and body just like our cars and homes. Furthermore, just like our homes and cars, the frequency and extent of maintenance increases with age. Most important, our bodies are NOT replaceable and do NOT offer us the same choice of replacing tires, brakes, windows, shingles or old weathered gutters! If you wear out your body, where are you going to live?

Give us a call to get started on your road to better health and let Lakewood CO chiropractors relieve your back pain today!

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