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Lower Back Pain Care at EDGE Wellness Clinic

Eighty percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. In fact, it is estimated that low back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10% of all people experience frequent bouts of low back pain.

The susceptibility of the low back to injury and pain is due to the fact that the low back, like the neck, is a very unstable part of the spine. Unlike the thoracic spine, which is supported and stabilized by the rib cage. This instability allows us to have a great deal of mobility to touch our toes, tie our shoes or pick something up from the ground, but at the cost of increased risk of injury.

As long as it is healthy and functioning correctly, the low back can withstand tremendous forces without injury. Professional power-lifters can pick up several hundred pounds off the floor without injuring their low back. However, if the low back is out of alignment or has weakened supporting muscles, something as simple as lifting a bag of shopping out of the boot of your car, picking something up off the floor, or even simply bending down to pet the cat can cause a low back injury.

Until recently, researchers believed that back pain would heal on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true. Recent studies showed that when back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return. It is important to take low back pain seriously and seek professional care. This is especially true with pain that recurs over and over again. At EDGE Wellness Clinic in we have many experts that specialize in spinal corrective care. Our specialists have gone on to specialize in advanced techniques to rehabilitate the spinal abnormalities/injuries and nerve damage that are the cause of low back pain. Our specialized team works together to reverse the root cause of your low back pain. Contact our clinic today, we can help!


THE CAUSES OF LOW BACK PAIN

There are many different conditions that can result in low back pain, including: sprained ligaments, strained muscles, ruptured disks, trigger points and inflamed joints. While sports injuries or accidents can lead to injury and pain, sometimes even the simplest movements, like picking up a pencil from the floor, can have painful results. In addition, conditions such as arthritis, poor posture, obesity, psychological stress and even kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss can lead to pain.

Due to the fact that there are a lot of things that can cause low back pain, and some of those things can be quite serious if left untreated, it is important to seek professional help. Our experts specialise at diagnosing the cause and determining the proper treatment for low back pain. Here are some of the most common causes we see:


SUBLUXATIONS

Whenever there is a disruption in the normal movement or position of the vertebrae, the result is pain and inflammation. In the lumbar spine, these usually occur at the transition between the lower spine and the sacrum. Subluxations can lead to debilitating low back pain. Fortunately, subluxations are easily treatable and often times a significant reduction in pain is experienced almost immediately after treatment.


DISC HERNIATIONS

Contrary to popular belief, a herniated disc does not automatically mean that you are going to suffer from low back pain. In fact, one study found that almost half of all adults had at least one bulging or herniated disc, even though they did not suffer any back pain from it. On the other hand, herniated discs can be a source of intense and debilitating pain that frequently radiates to other areas of the body. Unfortunately, once a disc herniates, they rarely, if ever, completely heal on their own. Further deterioration can often be avoided through regular non-invasive spinal care, a complete recovery is difficult to achieve but possible with the right type of intervention.


SPRAINS, STRAINS AND SPASMS

This is commonly the source of low back pain among the weekend warriors. You know, the type who have very little physical activity during the week, but once the weekend arrives, they push themselves hard! By the end of the weekend, they are lying flat on their back counting down the hours before they can get some help. Overworking the muscles or ligaments of the low back can lead to small tears in the tissues, which then become painful, swollen and tight.


STRESS

Whenever you become stressed, your body responds by increasing your blood pressure and heart rate, flooding your body with stress hormones and tightening up your muscles. When you are stressed all the time, the chronic tension causes your muscles to become sore, weak and loaded with trigger points. If you are stressed out all of the time and you have low back pain, it is important to do some relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, as well as to get regular exercise.


TREATING LOW BACK PAIN WITH SPINAL CARE

Spinal care for low back pain is usually pretty straightforward. Most commonly, it’s simply a matter of adjusting the lower lumbar vertebrae and pelvis to re-establish normal motion and position of your bones and joints.

Non-invasive spinal care for the low back has been repeatedly shown to be the most effective treatment for low back pain. In fact, major studies have shown that this type of care is more effective, cheaper and has better long-term outcomes than any other treatment. This makes sense because spinal care is the only method of treatment that serves to re-establish normal vertebral motion and position in the spine. All other treatments, such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest, only serve to decrease the symptoms of the problem and do not correct the problem itself.


RESEARCH:

THE EFFECT OF SPINAL MANIPULATION ON THE EFFICACY OF A REHABILITATION PROTOCOL FOR PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC NECK PAIN: A PILOT STUDY. Bernadette Murphy, PhD, DC, Heidi Haavik Taylor, PhD, BSc(Chiro), and Paul Marshall, PhD. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2010 Mar-Apr;33(3):168-77.

Effects of spinal corrective care on dizziness, neck pain, and balance: a single-group, preexperimental, feasibility study. Richard G. Strunk DC, MSa, Cheryl Hawk DC, PhD. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (2009) 8, 156-164.

Spinal Corrective care for patients with acute neck pain: results of a pragmatic practice-based feasibility study. Michael T. Haneline DC, MPH, Robert Cooperstein MA, DC. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (2009) 8, 143-155.

Frequency & Duration of Spinal Corrective Care for Headaches, Neck and Upper Back Pain. John K. Maltby, DC, Donald D. Harrison, PhD, DC, MSE, Deed E. Harrison, DC, Joseph W. Betz, BS, DC, Joseph R. Ferrantelli, BS, DC, Gerard W. Clum, DC. J Vertebral Subluxation Res. August 21, 2008.

IMPROVEMENT AFTER SPINAL CORRECTIVE CARE IN CERVICOCEPHALIC KINESTHETIC SENSIBILITY AND SUBJECTIVE PAIN INTENSITY IN PATIENTS WITH NONTRAUMATIC CHRONIC NECK PAIN. Per J. Palmgren, DC, Peter J. Sandstro, DC, Fredrik J. Lundqvist, DC, and Hannu Heikkila, MD, PhD. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2006 Feb;29(2):100-6.

SYMPTOMATIC OUTCOMES AND PERCEIVED SATISFACTION LEVELS OF SPINAL CORRECTIVE PATIENTS WITH A PRIMARY DIAGNOSIS INVOLVING ACUTE NECK PAIN. Michael T. Haneline, DC. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2006 May;29(4):288-96.

EFFECTS OF A MANAGED SPINAL CORRECTIVE BENEFIT ON THE USE OF SPECIFIC DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES IN THE TREATMENT OF LOW BACK AND NECK PAIN. Craig F. Nelson, DC, MS, R. Douglas Metz, DC, and Thomas LaBrot, DC. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005 Oct;28(8):564-9.

Spinal Corrective Care for neck pain: A pilot study examining whether the duration of the pain affects the clinical outcome. Alison Bale, and Dave Newell. Clinical Chiropractic (2005) 8, 179-188. DETERMINING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CERVICAL LORDOSIS AND NECK COMPLAINTS. Jeb McAviney, MS(Chiro), Dan Schulz, BSc, Richard Bock, MS(Chiro), Deed E. Harrison, DC, and Burt Holland, PhD. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005 Mar-Apr;28(3):187-93.

DOSE RESPONSE FOR SPINAL CORRECTIVE CARE OF CHRONIC CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE AND ASSOCIATED NECK PAIN: A RANDOMIZED PILOT STUDY. Mitchell Haas, DC, Elyse Groupp, PhD, Mikel Aickin, PhD, Alisa Fairweather, MPH, Bonnie Ganger, Michael Attwood, Cathy Cummins, DC, and Laura Baffes, DC. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2004 Nov-Dec;27(9):547-53.

Management of mechanical neck and low-back pain: a retrospective, outcome-based analysis. Gordon McMorland, DC, and Esther Suter, PhD. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2000 Jun;23(5):307-11.

Randomised clinical trial of manipulative therapy and physiotherapy for persistent back and neck complaints:results of one year follow up. Koes B.W., et. al. BMJ, 1992 Mar 7;304(6827):601-5. Spinal manipulation and mobilisation for back and neck pain: a blinded review. Koes B.W., et. al. BMJ, 1991 Nov 23;303(6813):1298-303.


Case Studies:

FUNCTIONAL SCORES AND SUBJECTIVE RESPONSES OF INJURED WORKERS WITH BACK OR NECK PAIN TREATED WITH SPINAL CORRECTIVE CARE IN AN INTEGRATIVE PROGRAM: A RETROSPECTIVE ANALYSIS OF 100 CASES. Donald Aspegren, DC, MS, Brian A. Enebo, DC, PhD, Matt Miller, MD, Linda White, MD, Venu Akuthota, MD, Thomas E. Hyde, DC, and James M. Cox, DC. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2009 Nov-Dec;32(9):765-71.

Spinal Corrective care of a 6-year-old girl with neck pain; headaches; hand, leg, and foot pain; and other nonmusculoskeletal symptoms. Jan Roberts DC, and Tristy Wolfe MA. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (2009) 8, 131-136.

CONSERVATIVE TREATMENT OF A PATIENT WITH PREVIOUSLY UNRESPONSIVE WHIPLASH-ASSOCIATED DISORDERS USING CLINICAL BIOMECHANICS OF POSTURE REHABILITATION METHODS. Joseph R. Ferrantelli, DC, Deed E. Harrison, DC, Donald D. Harrison, DC, PhD, and Denis Stewart, MD. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005 Mar-Apr;28(3):e1-8.

Management of ‘intractable’ chronic whiplash syndrome. Leiza Alpass. Clinical Chiropractic (2004) 7, 16-23.




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