Lower Back Pain in England

One of the most prevalent medical conditions among residents of the UK is lower back pain. According to the NIH, 20% (or roughly 2.6 million people) of the adult population in the UK suffers from lower back pain, which is estimated to impact nearly one-third of adults there. Low back pain is a most common condition in older adults due to degenerative changes in their bodies. Lower back pain is a leading cause of disability in older adults. It causes reduced mobility, reduced social participation and increases social isolation. It causes difficulty in doing activities of daily life and delivers negative impacts on Quality of life.

Lower back pain generally becomes more severe for people aged more than 60 years. Every 1 in 4 individuals aged more than 60 years reports moderate to severe low back pain. One-fifth of older adults reports difficulties in caring for themselves at home or in social activities. Chiropractors can treat the symptoms caused by Low back Pain.

Can a Chiropractor Treat Lower Back Pain?

Chiropractors can treat the precipitating factors that can causes back pain. They will look thoroughly at your skeletal alignment because in some cases postural instability can cause back pain, your lifestyle, diet, stress levels, and current exercise regime. Once your chiropractor has performed a thorough examination, they will develop a plan that incorporates one or more of the following strategies if appropriate:

1 – Spinal manipulation

Chiropractors use different hands on techniques to treat low back pain. These procedures will increase functionality, lessen nerve irritation, and allow the back to move freely. Spinal Manipulation causes immediate changes in neurophysiological functions such as:

  • Reduction in inflammatory markers;
  • Decreased spinal excitability and pain sensitivity;
  • Modification to cortical areas involved in pain processing;
  • Excitation of the sympathetic nervous system.

2 – Lifestyle adjustments

Your lower back’s health is significantly influenced by your way of life. Your lower back will be less stressed and you will experience less discomfort if you make adjustments to your food, exercise routine, and lifestyle, according to a chiropractor. This may entail altering your posture while sitting and sleeping, your diet, and the kinds of exercises you perform.

Role of Chiropractic Treatment in managing Back Pain

The majority of chiropractors work on Symptomatic Relief and reduce patients discomfort and increase their functioning abilities. They provide instruction on how to improve one’s health through exercise, ergonomics, or other back pain treatments.

Licensed chiropractors can work on your body mechanically to reduce pain and realign your spine. They understand how to apply these adjustments to get your spine and joints moving again. Spinal adjustment or manipulation is the term used for this action.

Many people discover that these changes are significantly safer than medicines and surgery and they feel more successful over the long run.

Symptoms of Back Pain

There are many different types of symptoms associated with back pain. Back pain may be localized in the low back or it can radiate into the buttocks, groin or legs.
Patients often report pain to be:

  • Sharp
  • Aching
  • Dull
  • Stiff
  • Stabbing
  • Shooting or Electrical
  • Back Pain Extending to both lower limbs.
  • Tingling Sensations extending to both lower limbs.

Causes of Back pain

There are many potential causes of back pain. Physical, chemical and emotional stressors all contributing factors, while some of the more common predisposing factors include:

  • Postural alterations (forward head carriage, rounded shoulders etc)
  • Poor lifting techniques especially whilst bending and rotating the low back
  • Emotional stress can trigger back pain
  • Traumas such as accidents, knocks and falls
  • Pregnancy increases the mechanical load on the back and pelvis, and woman are especially prone to back pain later on in their pregnancy. Chiropractic care is very safe throughout pregnancy and the clinic benches are very accommodating.

Common Low Back Pain generators include:

  • Joint dysfunction
  • Muscle spasm or sprain
  • Disc lesions (bulge / herniation / protrusion)
  • Sacroiliac joint
  • Hips or Pelvis
  • Nerve impingement
  • Nerve Radiculopathy
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Trauma Including Road Accidents.

Back Pain and its Chiropractic Solutions

Acuteor chronic back pain (not arising from injury or accident), including lumbago Mechanical back pain is pain in the anatomic region of the back extending from Lumbar area L-1 to Sacrum S-5. Musculoskeletal problems can be Asymptomatic but can get worse with the passage of time. Which may or may not interfere with activities of daily living. Back pain is extremely common affecting 80 percent of people at some stage in their lifetime. Lower back pain generally becomes more severe for people aged more than 60 years. Every 1 in 4 individuals aged more than 60 years reports moderate to severe low back pain. One-fifth of older adults reports difficulties in caring for themselves at home or in social activities. Chiropractors can treat the symptoms caused by Low back Pain.

X-ray for Low Back Pain

Several conditions can affect the low back. Pain generators may include soft tissue components, facet joints or capsules as well as nerve irritation. Depending on the extent of your presenting complaint/s and after performing numerous Orthopaedic and Neurological tests to assess the low back, hips and pelvis, if applicable, with our digital x-ray facility we will be able to assess for:

  • Altered spinal curvature
  • Disc Disease ( Disc Herniation)
  • Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Soft tissue calcifications
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Tumours
  • Fractures