There are several causes of lower back pain, two causes we often see include being injured from repetitive movements at work or by an injury from an car accident. Strains and sprains in the back can occur by lifting heavy items improperly. Some conditions, such as herniated discs, sciatica, and arthritis, also cause lower back pain. Chronic pain lasts longer than three months and typically impacts those between the ages of 30 to 50. As a person ages, the discs of the spine are more easily irritated and lose the fluid that allows for easy movement. If you suffer from lower back pain and you are in the Brooklyn area, visit Dyker Heights Family Chiropractor.
It goes without saying that a symptom of these conditions that cause low back pain is pain in the lower portion of your back. However, there are other symptoms that you should be aware of when it comes to lower back pain. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal column which causes pressure on the spinal nerves and spinal cord. This causes symptoms such as cramping and numbness, as well as weakness in the back. Sciatica is caused when a herniated disc is pressing on the sciatic nerve. This pressure causes pain in the legs and feet since this nerve connects the legs to the spine. This pain often feels like pins and needles, or a burning kind of pain. A curvature of the spine may also cause pain as well as poor posture. These are often congenital, which means they are something with which you are born. These conditions apply pressure to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and the spine.
How to Diagnose Lower Back Pain
A doctor needs to perform a physical exam and review your medical history to diagnose your lower back pain. The doctor checks your reflexes and responses to sensations in to see how the back is affecting your nerves. A doctor will check for symptoms such as fever, weakness, significant weight loss, and loss of control over your bowels. In some cases, you may require X-rays, ultrasounds, or MRIs to check for bone or disc problems.
Our Chiropractor Can Help
Dyker Heights Family Chiropractor in Brooklyn believes every patient is unique and should have a treatment plan specific to their needs. The goal is always to treat the entire body and not just the symptoms. We want to help you find your way to total wellness. Contact us today at (718) 837-0048 to schedule an appointment.