Can working individuals with low back pain incorporate nonsurgical treatments to reduce limited mobility and provide relief?
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Many working individuals will slowly develop low back pain due to excessive standing or sitting, physical demands that cause them to lift heavy objects, or improper footwear that causes them to be imbalanced. Since the spine is part of the musculoskeletal system, the spinal discs in the lumbar region are the most susceptible to being compressed. They can be one of the issues why many individuals tend to develop lower back pain. Low back pain is common for working individuals and is a multifactorial musculoskeletal disorder that causes many working people to miss out on work. However, many people with low back pain often seek treatment to reduce the pain and help them get back to work. Today’s article looks at the causes of low back pain and how nonsurgical treatments can help reduce low back pain and restore mobility to the body. We speak with certified medical providers who incorporate our patients’ information to provide various treatments to ease low back pain. We also inform patients how nonsurgical treatments can help restore mobility to the body while giving numerous techniques to reduce the chances of low back pain returning. We encourage our patients to ask intricated questions to our associated medical providers about the pain-like symptoms they are experiencing correlating with their backs. Dr. Alex Jimenez, D.C., utilizes this information as an academic service. Disclaimer.
The Causes For Low Back Pain
Do you feel stiffness in your lower back after a hard workday? Do you experience muscle aches or pain in your lower back after picking up a heavy object? Or do you experience limited mobility and stiffness over time after excessive standing or sitting at your job? Many individuals in these pain-like scenarios have experienced low back pain at some point in their lives, and it has impacted them to miss out on work. Since many people worldwide have experienced low back pain at some point in their lives, it has become a common problem that has become the leading cause of disability and is often associated with high cost. (Chou, 2021) Low back pain is a multifactorial condition that is specific or non-specific depending on the severity of the person’s experience. Non-specific low back pain often refers to when there isn’t a particular disease or structural reason for the pain to occur. This causes many people to go into early retirement due to losing their ability to work and become a socio-economic burden when seeking treatment. (Chenot et al., 2017) Specific low back pain is due to repetitive trauma and overusing the surrounding muscles that can cause the spine and spinal disc to be constantly compressed. This causes musculoskeletal pain symptoms and affects the rest of the lower extremities. (Will et al., 2018)
Some of the causes that low back pain is associated with can range from normal environmental factors to traumatic injuries that many working individuals have endured. Since low back pain is one of the leading causes of lost workdays around the world, some of the common causes that are contributed to low back pain include:
- Mechanical strain
- Poor body mechanics
- Repetitive motions (twisting, bending, or lifting)
- Herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
These pain-like causes can affect the upper and lower extremities and, when not being treated, lead to pain-like symptoms from radiating pain to limited mobility. However, when many people decide that enough is enough and want to get the treatment they need, they will seek out something that is not only affordable but can reduce the pain while restoring mobility.
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Nonsurgical Treatments For Low Back Pain
When it comes to seeking treatment for low back pain, many individuals are looking for something that is not only cost-effective but can help reduce the pain-like symptoms associated with the lower back. Nonsurgical treatments can help reduce low back pain and are cost-effective for many individuals including working individuals. Treatments like acupuncture, chiropractic care, and spinal decompression have various techniques and methods to provide pain relief to many individuals dealing with low back pain. Knowing the prevalence of the multiple pathologies of low back pain, a detailed history, and physical examination maneuvers allow doctors to accurately and quickly classify the most common causes of low back pain. (Kinkade, 2007) This will give them a better understanding of what kind of low back pain treatment they need to restore mobility to their bodies.
Chiropractic care is a nonsurgical treatment that incorporates manual and mechanical manipulation to realign the body out of subluxation from low back pain. Chiropractic care can be incorporated into a person’s health and wellness treatment plan as it can help improve pain and disability associated with low back pain. (Bussieres et al., 2018) Chiropractors combine various techniques to stretch and strengthen weak muscles around the lower back and reduce low back pain intensity and disability. (Vining et al., 2020) Chiropractic care can also work with other forms of therapies to reduce the chances of low back pain from returning.
Spinal decompression is another form of nonsurgical treatment that can help the lumbar spine through gentle traction and help decompress affected spinal discs from causing mechanical back pain. Spinal decompression can also alleviate the referred pain-like symptoms from the nerve roots involved in the lumbar region while rehydrating herniated discs. Spinal decompression can also help many individuals have their lumbar range of motion back and improve their pain and endurance while restoring their quality of life. (Amjad et al., 2022) Just like chiropractic care, spinal decompression can be combined with other therapies to strengthen the surrounding muscles and ligaments.
With low back pain being a common problem for many individuals, sometimes it could be due to aggravated nerve roots along the surrounding muscles that are causing referred trigger pain correlating with low back pain. When that happens, many individuals will seek out acupuncture to reduce the pain and improve their quality of life. (Baroncini et al., 2022) Acupuncture can reduce the inflammatory effects caused by inflammation associated with low back pain and can increase mobility in the sacroiliac joint to improve mobility. (Sudhakaran, 2021) Depending on the source of pain in the back, acupuncture can help reduce the pain and provide relief. Many individuals seeking treatment for their lower back can incorporate these treatments to improve their health and restore their quality of life.
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