A common pain-sensing nerve of the spine is located in the facet joints, two interlocking joints at each disc level that are located to the left and right behind the disc. The normally smooth surfaces on which these joints glide, can become rough, irritated, and inflamed when the biomechanics of the low back joints become impaired for any reason causing pain, loss of work and untold suffering.
Another cause of lower back pain can be a bulging or herniated disc putting pressure on the spinal cord or a nearby nerve root. The result is often numbness, tingling, or pain down in the leg. Cutting away the herniated disc tissue can permanently alter its ability to separate and cushion the underlying structural causes of the problem.
Stenosis is a diagnosis associated with chronic pain where the holes that contain either the spinal cord or nerve roots become smaller than they should be due to disc degeneration, arthritis or bones that slide forward (anterolisthesis). Surgical intervention should always be the last resort for this or any other type of back pain and often times even with severe disc degeneration or stenosis a patient can manage their condition quite well with Chiropractic and a good home exercise program.
Low back pain results in millions of dollars of lost work affecting up to 8 out of 10 adult Americans over their lifetime.
Many factors can be responsible for low back pain. Improper sitting or lifting, overexertion, trauma, and even inherited spinal abnormalities may contribute to the cause of low back pain.
The chiropractic approach is to help restore a normal motion and position of affected spinal bones with specific chiropractic adjustments. The simplicity and success of this approach have been documented in many studies and had helped countless patients avoid risky surgery.
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