Feeling a tinge, a sharp pain, or a dull ache in your low back? You’re not alone. According to a 2010 Global Burden of Disease study, low back pain is the most common physical disability among adults on the planet and our chiropractors in Fort Collins and Loveland are here to help.

Americans alone spend over $50 million each year to treat their low back pain with traditional medical methods, and many of those Americans see little to no improvement in their symptoms. In addition, those who suffer from low back pain end up dealing with side effects from medical procedures and addictive pain management medications.

Fortunately, chiropractic care has been proven to be equally effective, if not more effective, than traditional medical treatments for low back pain. With the right chiropractic adjustments and the help of other treatment options, you could alleviate pain and soreness for a happier, healthier life.

In this blog, Scott Family Health will break down the most common causes of back pain, and illustrate how chiropractic care and other modalities of care can ease the strain on your musculoskeletal system and nervous system. Our chiropractors in Loveland are happy to find the perfect course of treatment for your back pain, and help you utilize other forms of care like massage therapy, physical therapy, and acupuncture. Schedule an appointment or call us directly to get started!

What Causes Low Back Pain?

Low back pain is different for every person. Sharp pains, dull aches, and soreness are all forms of back pain that stem from a variety of causes. There are two main containers that low back pain can fall into:

  • Mechanical Pain – As the most common type of back pain, mechanical pain comes from the muscles, ligaments, joints, or bones in and around the spine. This pain is usually caused and triggered by pressure placed on the lower back through repetitive motions (or lack thereof) including twisting, standing, sitting, bending forward and backward, and resting.
  • Radicular Pain – This type of low back pain occurs when when a spinal nerve root becomes irritated or inflamed. Radicular pain is almost always a sharp, shock-like sensation that reverberates into the upper back or the leg, but it can also be associated with numbness, as is the case with sciatica.

These are just two types of low back pain — there are many other, less common types of pain that can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks and live your best life. Fortunately, chiropractors are well-versed in relieving symptoms of low back pain so you can feel great again.

How  To Treat Low Back Pain

Chiropractors are experts at treating low back pain — but it’s truly a team effort to eliminate back pain for good. First, a chiropractor will learn about your medical history, lifestyle, and habits, then they will perform a physical examination of your entire spine as well as other areas of your body. (Low back problems could potentially be a sign of problems elsewhere.)

Next, your chiropractor will discuss their findings, perform any manual adjustments to your spine that are necessary, and recommend other modalities of care that will help you ease pain, soreness, and stiffness. Chiropractic care doesn’t work in a vacuum, especially when it comes to complex lower back conditions.

Acupuncture, massage therapy, and physical therapy can provide strength, stability, and pain relief for your low back. Chiropractors treat issues with spinal alignment — but if you also need to alleviate some muscle tightness in your low back as well, a massage every week or month could be a great addition to your holistic health routine!

Your Best Chiropractor in Loveland

Scott Family Health has served Loveland with reliable and friendly chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, and massage therapy for over a decade. When you work with Dr. Scott or Dr. Hessler, you’re working with experienced chiropractors who created tailored treatment solutions for your needs. Get started by scheduling an appointment at our Loveland office today to treat your low back pain.