Lower back pain is a very common problem with many possible causes. It can begin after an acute injury such as a fall, lifting something very heavy, or after a motor vehicle accident. Or sometimes these injuries are very minor for instance lifting the shopping out of the car boot or bending awkwardly to pick up something small off the floor. Lower back pain can also be the result of long term irritation such as poor posture, weak supporting musculature, and long periods of sitting or working in particular positions. Lower back pain can have a significant effect on your quality of life and your ability to go about your day to day activities.
The chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic Mittagong and Goulburn first focus on diagnosing the cause of a patient’s lower back pain in order to determine the best evidence-based treatment approach. This diagnosis is made after the chiropractor has taken a detailed history and performed a thorough examination. Common conditions that may cause lower back pain include facet joint sprain, non-specific mechanical back pain, intervertebral disc injury or protrusion, nerve impingement, lumbar spine instability, sacroiliac joint sprain, and muscle strains and injuries. In rare cases, lower back pain may be a sign of something more serious and our chiropractors are trained to identify warning signs that may indicate that you should be referred to another health professional or that your chiropractic treatment should be modified.
Once the cause of your symptoms have been diagnosed the chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic will develop a management plan guided by a thorough understanding of the latest research. Treatment is aimed at reducing your pain, restoring the movement in your lower back, and improving the function and strength of your lower back. Treatment often includes joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue release, dry needling, advice on pain relieving methods, ergonomic and activity modification advice, and the prescription of home exercises to improve movement and strengthen muscles. The use of these techniques varies depending on the patient’s age, health and their personal preferences.