Low Back Pain Treatment With Chiropractic Care
Low back pain is a common complaint that sends people to their doctors. However, most medical professionals can only recommend rest, send you for tests if necessary, and offer a prescription for physical therapy. At the Surfside Chiropractic Center in Surfside Beach, SC, our chiropractors, Dr. Larry Simon and Dr. Steven Garlinger, can help relieve your lower lumbar pain.
An Overview of Low Back Pain
Around 80% of all Americans over 18 will experience lumbar pain in the lower region of their spine. Additionally, it's a leading cause of job-related injuries and missed days from work. Most people have acute, or short-term pain that's moderate. However, depending on the severity of the injury, it can cause excruciating discomfort. Patients report a dull ache that doesn't stop or sharp pains that leaves them unable to move.
Many things can cause lower backaches, such as:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Strains and sprains
- Disc issues
- Spinal stenosis
Most cases will resolve on their own. However, about 20% of patients can suffer from chronic low back pain, which is defined as lumbar discomfort lasting 12 or more weeks.
Treating Lumbar Pain in Garden City
Our chiropractor offers a variety of treatments to best suit each patient. For your initial appointment, the doctor will evaluate your condition, consult with you about options, and develop a treatment plan. This can include a combination of chiropractic techniques, such as manual disc decompression to realign the spine and help relieve pressure, and trigger point therapy, and therapeutic massage. In addition, we often add other therapy types to increase pain relief and help patients return to their regular activities at work and at home. These include,
- Ultrasound therapy
- Electrical muscle stimulation
Following your appointment, our chiropractor may suggest you apply ice or heat to relieve additional discomfort that can sometimes occur following specific techniques.
Preventing Spinal Discomfort
Our Garden City chiropractor can also work with you to prevent reoccurring backaches with regular adjustments and exercise rehab. Backaches are more common among patients with sedentary lifestyles or that spend eight or more hours sitting at their workplace. By increasing physical activity, you can strengthen back and abdominal muscles to help them better support your spine. According to research through the National Institute of Health, low-impact aerobic exercise has the potential to benefit the spine. Besides, reducing excess weight can also provide low back pain relief.
Call Our Myrtle Beach Office 843-212-2100 Today
The scheduling staff is happy to fit you into the next available appointment with Dr. Larry Simon and Dr. Steven Garlinger, at our Surfside Beach, SC, chiropractic office.