The most common condition that I see at Lowery Chiropractic Clinic is back pain. Most of us have experienced pain in the back after activity or strenuous exercise. However, sometimes this pain can become chronic and last for weeks, months, or years.
Many people begin to accept that low back pain is becoming a problem once it affects their ability to perform daily activities or work duties.
They may not realize their relationships may start to suffer as well. When we are in pain, we could become irritable or distant in our emotional duties to friends and family.
The truth is that many times, low back pain is caused by a non-organic, musculoskeletal issue. This means that it is not a cancer, fracture, disease, or other diagnosis.
It may simply be a biomechanical issue where the joints are locked up, inflamed, and irritated.
Chiropractic care stands head and shoulders above other approaches to treat low back pain. One reason that chiropractic is successful is that it attacks the cause and not the symptoms.
At Lowery Chiropractic Clinic, I will ensure that you are given a proper diagnosis and discuss treatment options that are available inside and outside our office.
I maintain relationships with practitioners in the Tallahassee area that are leaders in their fields. If you are ready to take back control of your health and life, contact my office today.
I look forward to getting you on the path to health.
Shooting Back Pains?
Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction is typically a very painful condition involving the joints that connect your spine to your pelvis. The sacroiliac joints are formed by the sacrum, a bone at the bottom of the spine, and the large iliac bones, located on the left and right of the pelvis. Because of their anatomical position, SI joints can sometimes be considered part of your lower back or your pelvis. These joints support the upper body when sitting or standing.
If you have SI joint dysfunction, you may feel pain in various parts of your lower body, including the spine, buttocks, hips, groin and legs.
Many patients presenting with SI joint pain tend to think they either have sciatica or “tail-bone” pain. Although it can resemble other conditions, SI joint dysfunction is a distinct condition of its own. Your chiropractor needs to use keen diagnostic skills to diagnose the SI joints as the source of your pain.
What Causes SI Joint Dysfunction?
SI joint dysfunction is often caused by a fall or injury, but it can also appear without a clear cause. Postural changes due to increased abdominal size can irritate these joints, as can muscle imbalances in the legs, lower back or hips. Sporting activities that require frequent use of these joints, such as golfing and cycling, may result in SI joint dysfunction.’
This joint problem often affects pregnant women. Hormonal changes occurring during pregnancy can cause ligaments to relax. When this happens, the SI joints have a more extended range of motion. This broader flexibility can lead to abnormal wear and stress on these joints.
Fortunately, chiropractic can help in this situation. A study revealed “91% of women with sacroiliac/pelvic subluxations and lower back pain reported relief of pain with chiropractic adjustments.”
The Chiropractic Approach to a Baffling Condition
How does your chiropractor determine if you suffer from sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
Providing a detailed health history is helpful. Many times, a correct diagnosis can be drawn from the history alone. A physical examination will often be conducted to thoroughly exhaust all the various causes of the pain. Your chiropractor may ask detailed questions about the pain and direct you to point to the painful areas.
If your pain can be reproduced by special tests that challenge the integrity of the SI joints, you’ll find that this increases your odds of having a dysfunction of these joints. Applying direct pressure to the SI joints is one of the techniques used by chiropractors to resolve the problem.
The goal is to normalize both the movement and position of this area. You may be required to complete stretching and strengthening exercises for your lower back and pelvic areas to correct posture problems and gait patterns that may contribute to the inflammation of these joints. If instability of the SI joints is thought to be the cause of the pain, your chiropractor may recommend that you wear a special belt around your waist to stabilize the joints.
Can You Stop SI Problems Before They Happen?
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” said the wise Ben Franklin. Your chiropractor suggests a couple of simple ways to minimize your chances of developing this painful problem.
Keep your body in good physical condition. This helps prevent many problems related to joints, muscles and bones. The second piece of advice is to shed excess pounds. Too much body weight places pressure on the joints and increases the possibility of damage.
By getting chiropractic adjustments and following your chiropractor’s advice, you boost your chances of living a life virtually free of muscle and joint pain.
Many times, expectant mothers feel like pain and pregnancy go hand-in-hand. Lowery Chiropractic is here to give you an option for a pain free pregnancy.
During this very special time, we encourage you to let us take care of the discomfort that comes along with the rapid changes that are occurring to your body.
We achieve this naturally, without medication or surgery. As the baby (and mom) grow, the weight will transfer to the pelvis, low back, and hips of the mother.
These changes occur so rapidly that the body has difficulty “keeping up” and adapting. Many times these joints will lock up under the new stresses.
This means less irritation, less inflammation, and less pain! The imbalance of muscles, tendons, and ligaments are another cause of pain.
Chiropractic can ease the tension on the soft tissues as well.
If you have been diagnosed with sciatica, round ligament pain, back pain, or other pregnancy related issues, call our chiropractic office and see if he can help.
Keep in mind that chiropractors are not only trained in the health and treatment of the spine. At Lowery Chiropractic, we treat the whole body including the ankles, knees, and wrists.