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. Sometimes it can follow a very minor injury, 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 impact on a person’s quality of life and their ability to go about their 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 patient should be referred to another health professional or that their chiropractic treatment should be modified.
Once the cause of a patient’s symptoms has been diagnosed the chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic develop a management plan guided by a thorough understanding of the latest research. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain, restoring the movement in the lower back, and improving the function and strength of the lower back. Treatment often includes joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue release techniques, 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.