An adult human spine typically consists of 26 moveable segments: seven cervical vertebras, twelve thoracic vertebras, five lumbar vertebras, one sacrum, and one coccyx (tailbone). Intervertebral d ...View Article
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At its worst, lower back pain can sometimes make you feel completely helpless, unable to perform the simplest tasks, find a comfortable sitting position or get a decent night's sleep. A variety of causes and conditions can produce pain in the lumbar or sacral regions of the spine, from muscular strain to herniated discs. The good news is that you don't have to confine yourself to a limited, unendurable life -- not when you have Dunwoody Chiropractic Center on your side. Our Dunwoody chiropractor, Dr. Munira Patel, offers conservative, drug-free solutions for your lower back pain.
The human spine acts as a central support tower for the body, but it is also tasked with allowing for a wide range of motion so you can bend, twist and turn. This combination requires the spinal column to be made up of a series of vertebrae, cushioned by flexible discs, supported by large muscle groups and articulated by delicate joints known as facet joints. It's little wonder, then, that such an elaborate structure can be vulnerable to injuries and malfunctions at multiple points. When this happens, lower back pain is often the result. Lower back pain is commonly caused by:
An acute traumatic event such as a sports injury or auto accident injury can jolt the vertebrae and vertebral discs out of their proper alignment, while also tearing muscles and connective tissues.
As you age, your spinal components may start to change shape or deteriorate. Examples include osteoarthritis of the facet joints, stenosis (narrowing of the canal that contains the spinal cord), spondylolisthesis (forward slippage of one vertebra over another) and flattened, bulging discs.
Many of these situations involve impingement of a major nerve. When the sciatic nerve in the lower back is pinched, you may experience sciatica symptoms including lower back pain, leg pain, numbness, loss of sensation and leg muscle weakness.
Our Dunwoody chiropractor takes a "whole person" approach to healing even the most specific conditions, including lower back pain. This means you may receive several different kinds of treatment to address different symptoms. Lower back pain from an auto accident injury, for instance, may require chiropractic adjustments to relieve nerve impingement and correct your spinal alignment as well as massage therapy and other healing techniques to relieve pain and promote healing of the lower back muscles. Mechanical traction can correct the position of a herniated or bulging disc to relieve sciatica symptoms, while moist heat, cryotherapy, electric muscle stimulation and ultrasound help you rehab other elements of a painful lower back injury.
If you suffer from lower back pain caused by a chronic condition, Dunwoody Chiropractic Center in Dunwoody, GA can help you control that discomfort without drugs or surgery. Periodic spinal screenings, adjustments and other therapy sessions can help you maintain a higher quality of life. Call (770) 551-9767 for an initial consultation!