Lower Back Pain/Sciatica

Lower Back Pain/Sciatica Specialist
Your lower back does a ton of work: It not only supports your spinal column and upper body, but it also enables everyday motions like walking, bending, and twisting. So it’s no wonder that nearly everyone will experience lower back issues at one point in their lives, and that lower back pain is one of the top reasons for missed work. Sometimes lower back pain goes away on its own, but often chiropractic treatment can help expedite and ensure proper healing. To learn more about treatment options for lower back pain, schedule a consultation at Synergy Medical, LLC, located in Marysville, Ohio.

Lower Back Pain/Sciatica Q & A

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What causes lower back pain?

Eighty percent of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives, and most of the time the cause has to do with the soft tissues in your lower back. Lumbar strains and sprains, or stretching injuries to the muscles, ligaments, or tendons in your lower back, are the most common causes of lower back pain. They cause inflammation in the lower back, which leads to back spasms.

Lumbar strains can be caused by:

  • Your Job
    • If your job involves a lot of lifting, pulling, or twisting, you’re at risk for a lumbar strain. Even sitting for extended periods of time in an awkward position or being on your feet for a long time can cause a strain.
  • Your Workout
    • Overdoing it in sports can cause lumbar strains. High impact sports such as running or football can cause them, or sports that involve twisting, such as golf.
  • Your Posture
    • When you slouch or stoop, your muscles and ligaments have to strain to keep you balanced which can lead to lower back pain.
  • Your Bag
    • Your lower back supports your upper body, including all of the additional weight you’re carrying. A heavy bag or purse can cause lumbar strain over time.

What are some causes of chronic lower back pain?

Most lower back pain is acute which only lasts from a few days to a few weeks. It is considered chronic when the pain carries on for more than three months and outlasts the normal healing process. If you have chronic lower back pain, several conditions could be responsible, including:

  • A herniated or ruptured disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sciatica
  • Joint dysfunction
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Compression fracture

If you suspect you have one of these chronic conditions, schedule a consultation at Synergy Medical LLC to receive expert diagnosis and learn about treatment options.

What types of chiropractic treatments can help with lower back pain?

Spinal manipulation and mobilization are used to treat lower back pain. Drs. Cooper use gentle correction methods and have years of training and experience in spinal adjustment. Several new, safe, and effective methods include:

  • BackSystem3
    • A painless stretching system that helps to isolate individual muscle groups. This device aids in reducing pain and makes the adjustment more efficient.
  • Cox flexion distraction
    • A special table used to traction your spine, opening up the spacing between spinal vertebrae and relieving pressure.
  • Diversified adjusting
    • After identifying which vertebrae have lost their normal motion or position, a specific manual thrust is applied to free up “stuck” spinal joints.
  • Thompson adjusting
    • A system of analysis and a special table that reduces the amount of energy needed to adjust your spine.

In addition to spinal correction, massage therapy can also help with lower back pain, especially when combined with exercise and stretching. If you have questions about chiropractic treatment for lower back pain, make an appointment at Synergy Medical today.

What is Sciatica?

Intense, sharp pain radiating down the sciatic nerve, which travels from the lower back  all the way down to the toes, is known as sciatica. Because permanent damage can occur, its important to determine what is causing the pressure on the sciatic nerve.  There are several different types of causes, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Disc protrusions or prolapses
  • Tumors
  • Narrowing of the spinal canal (stenosis)
  • Extremely tight muscles pinching the nerve
  • Pregnancy from increased weight and postural alterations

How is Sciatica Accurately Diagnosed?

Proper treatment of sciatica is imperative and dependant on the most accurate diagnosis. Our Expert Clinicians at Synergy Medical will utilize X-rays and/or MRI’s in an effort to have a clear picture of your condition. Additionally, your history, mechanism of injury, and detailed examination findings will provide our team with the information necessary to properly diagnose your condition.

What Kinds of Treatment Options are Available for Sciatica?

Our Sciatica treatment options may include:

  • Physical therapy and/or light traction
  • Manual therapy (form of massage)
  • Gentle Chiropractic care
  • Heat/Ice
  • Anti-inflammatory injections
  • Nutritional Supplementation



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