Any pain that you have in the lower part of your back is considered lower back pain, but you might experience it in different ways.
Lower back pain might be a dull pain that lasts throughout the day, or pain that worsens with certain activities, such as bending over. You might also have sharper pain that mainly affects one side or part of your lower back rather than the whole area.
You can develop lower back pain from several different causes, including underlying conditions, injuries, and wear and tear on spinal discs. Some common causes of lower back pain include the following:
Lower back pain is common, but some people have a higher risk of having it due to certain risk factors. If you have one or more of the following risk factors, you have an increased risk of this pain:
Dr. Spence does a physical exam to determine where the pain is occurring and whether certain movements or activities make it worse. He might also order an MRI or another imaging test to diagnose your back pain. Once he determines what’s causing it, he discusses your treatment options with you.
Chiropractic adjustments bring your spine back into alignment, including the lower part of it. This can help ease pressure on the nerves in your lower back, which relieves pain. Dr. Spence also makes these adjustments for stimulating your body's natural healing process.
Dr. Spence might have you do physical therapy in addition to chiropractic adjustments. This strengthens your lower back muscles, which lowers your risk of having back pain come back. He’ll also discuss other ways for you to reduce your risk of chronic lower back pain.
If you need lower back pain treatment in San Diego, please contact Spence Chiropractic Center to make an appointment with Dr. Spence.
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