Spinal Manipulation For Low Back Pain

by Administrator 21. March 2017 20:18

Lower back pain is an extremely common problem but the causes, symptoms and severity of pain can greatly vary across different individuals. The causes of lower back pain can range from irritated nerves to strained muscles, damaged bones and joints or degenerating discs. Lower back pain can also result from muscle spasms.

While there is no permanent treatment for low back pain, the symptoms can be significantly improved with chiropractic care. This mode of treatment is useful in providing permanent relief from low back pain without any side-effects.

Symptoms:

  • Extreme pain in the lower back that initiates after any physical activity
  • Difficulty in lifting heavy objects
  • Constant dull pain in the back that does not seem to go away
  • Muscle spasms that can be mild or severe
  • Difficulty in moving or walking
  • Pain that radiates to the groin, buttock or upper thigh
  • Local soreness upon touching the site of pain

Causes:

  • Degeneration of discs or Lumbar Degenerative Disc disease
  • Tear in the disc
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Narrowing of the spine space around the spinal cord, also known as spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Abnormal curvature of the spine
  • Diabetes
  • Pinched nerve

Spinal Manipulation For Low Back Pain:

  • The main aim of the treatment is to relieve pain and resolve joint inflammation that can eventually help the patient return back to normal functioning
  • Firstly, a thorough examination of the lower back is done to decide the best course of treatment for a specific patient
  • It is a safe treatment option as no medicines are used and the patient does not experience any side-effects
  • The specialist chiropractic doctor performs spinal manipulation using his hands or a device
  • Controlled force is applied to the joint of the spine and the amount of force applied depends on the form of manipulation used
  • A low-amplitude and high-velocity (HVLA) thrust is applied over restricted joints one by one so as to restore the normal range of motion. This is known as the diversified technique.
  • The patient is asked to position his body in various ways so as to get the best results while adjusting the spine
  • Another technique known as Gonstead adjustment is also used by the chiropractor while performing spinal manipulation for lower back pain
  • Specially designed tables and chairs are utilized to position the patient and perform spinal manipulation
  • Thompson Terminal Point or Drop technique is another method of spinal manipulation
  • In this technique, specialized treatment tables are used where certain sections drop for a short distance during an HVLA thrust

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