For all the trouble it can cause, the lower back, or lumbar spine, is a surprisingly small area: Just five vertebrae in length. But these are arguably the hardest working vertebrae in your spine, responsible for the support and mobility of your entire upper body.
To help with that support, the vertebrae in your lower back are divided by discs and are surrounded by muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Finally, five pairs of nerves are rooted in your low back, which control movement and transmit signals.
Since the lower back contains a complex system of vertebrae, discs, muscles, connective tissue, and nerves, problems can crop up in any one of these components, causing low back pain.
Add the fact that your lower back undergoes an incredible amount of stress on a daily basis, and it's easy to see why lower back pain is so common.
The most common causes of low back pain, both acute and chronic, are:
The complexity of the low back, coupled with its enormous responsibility, makes diagnosing and treating low back pain tricky, but, thankfully, science has come a long way in understanding how your back functions and how best to treat it.
The spine specialists at Medical Wellness Group understand the biomechanics of your low back and provide individualized treatment plans that emphasize long-term, minimally invasive solutions that address the causes of your pain. These options include:
Chiropractic care: From regular spinal adjustments to correcting misalignments to addressing acute low back problems, chiropractic care is a highly effective treatment and preventive tool.
Decompression therapy: With specialized equipment, the health care providers gently stretch your spine to relieve pain associated with disc problems.
Kinesiology: A treatment that focuses on the muscles in your low back.
Lifestyle changes: Nutrition and weight can have a huge effect on your low back, so Medical Wellness Group offers comprehensive health care that addresses your lifestyle by counseling you on how to eat the right diet, take the right supplements, and address weight issues.
To get started on an individualized treatment plan, call Medical Wellness Group for a consultation.
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