Get Rid of Low Back Pain this Spring!

Have you ever had low back pain? I have. Sharp, stabbing pain, that dropped me to my knees. It occurred 2 years ago when I took the studded tires off of my bike. I thought that the snow and ice had melted enough that I could get away with no studs but I was sadly mistaken. It was the moment that I hit that patch of ice on a downhill at 30 mph that I realized I had made a huge mistake. The first day I didn’t feel much other than mild stiffness- I went to work and kind of moved along a little gingerly. The next day, I could barely get up out of bed. I couldn’t stand up straight, I could hardly walk, and getting out of a chair was a living nightmare. The icing on the cake was that I still needed to see patients all day! To keep a long story short: 1 broken laptop, one very bruised elbow , 1 hurt back and a couple weeks of treatment is what I payed to learn that lesson on bike tires. It didn’t take long to get back to feeling better, but it did take a little effort and intervention. Most importantly, I haven’t had a recurrence of back pain like that since the accident! I attribute my good fortune of low back stability to a few things including not waiting to seek treatment, getting proper treatment, and performing the necessary maintenance care to prevent future incidents.¬† Low back pain is one of the most prevalent healthcare problems in society today. Roughly 2/3 of adults will suffer from low back pain at some point in their life. It is responsible for some of the most missed days at work which translates to lost opportunities in income and prosperity. Most importantly it is among the leading musculoskeletal issues that causes people to not enjoy the things in life that they want to do. Have you experienced an incidence of low back pain in the last year? Did it stop you from doing any of the things (especially the fun stuff!) that you planned on doing? If so, you may want to read a little bit about how chiropractic may benefit you.

Pictured: Something I should have left on my bike for an extra week or two.

It doesn’t matter if the pain in your low back is acute (recent) or chronic (it’s been there a while), there are a number of ways that your chiropractor can address the issue. In chiropractic, it is important that we discover the underlying cause of your low back pain whether it be from occupation, home activities, posture, trauma or anything and everything in between. Did you know that in many cases of low back pain there is no direct trauma or accident that leads to the complaint? I can’t tell you how many patients “throw their back out” bending over to pick up a shampoo bottle. Was it the act of bending over (something we all do everyday) that hurt the back, or was it a cascade of things that eventually led to the back crying out for attention? These sorts of of events are extremely common and it underlines why we take to time to discover why this actually happened in the first place.¬†Without dealing with the cause of the injury, it could very well come back in the future and perhaps in greater frequency and intensity.

 

When a patient comes into our office with a low back complaint, a number of steps are taken to assess the issue and offer interventions. Initial visits will consist of taking a detailed account of your injury and health history. Following your intake will be an examination to get to the root cause of your complaint. Sometimes special studies like a low back x-ray or a spinal MRI are needed and we can either perform the study ourselves or order one from a local radiology clinic. At this point, we can arrive at a formal diagnosis and give a recommendation for treatment. Most cases of acute low back pain do not require a seemingly endless amount of treatments to fix the problem and respond fantastically to chiropractic care. Spinal manipulation (manual and/or instrument based), exercise rehab, physiotherapeutic modalities (such as muscle stim) and soft tissue work (like massage and myofascial release) are our most often used interventions to tame the injured low back. At Community Chiropractic Clinic, we strive to get you well as fast as possible with the minimum amount of intervention. We respect your time and money and want to get you back to work and play as soon as possible. Periodic re-assessments will be done to ensure that we are delivering top notch care that is effective. We can help most people with low back pain, but not all, and if we feel that we can’t give you what you need, we will help find a doctor who might be able to do so.

 

Spring cleaning is the 1st major activity of the season for most people.¬† Once the sun comes out and the snow melts, we gets this renewed energy to clean and organize our homes. It could be the warmer weather, the increased daylight, or the lack of snow to cover up all the projects that we didn’t take care of before the snow fell. It’s also time to pull out the Summer gear and put away all the Winter gear that we’ve dragged out. Most people take the time to give their house, garage, yard, and shed a good deep cleaning and organization while we are at it. My partner and I have been cleaning and organizing (still not done!) for the last few weeks and it never ceases to amaze me how much work it takes to keep an orderly household. This type of work requires a lot of lifting, bending, stooping, climbing ladders, raking, and many other movements that can be anywhere from aggravating to downright excruciating if you’re low back isn’t in good shape for it. If I was dealing with a severe low back injury like I was a couple of years ago, I couldn’t work let alone do all that other stuff that I need to enjoy my life. It doesn’t matter if your low back pain has been there for hours, days, or years – low back pain can be effectively treated in most cases with proper intervention. After all, who wants to carry on with back pain all the time? If you, or a loved one are dealing with a low back injury, please call our office to schedule an appointment today.

 

Stay safe out there,

 

Dr. Kelly

 

P.S. – If you interested, Community Chiropractic has started to upload regular videos to our YouTube channel. We will be discussing various topics including community events, exercise, health tips, and other information. Stay tuned for more information and if you are curious, here is a brief video from Dr. Kelly

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