Lower Back Pain: Let’s Break Down the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Back pain. Those are two words no one wants to hear, let alone feel. If you’ve ever suffered from it before, or are feeling it right now, you know how much lower back pain can impact your life—and how desperately you wish for it to simply go away!

Global statistics say that back pain is the leading cause of disability around the world; it interferes with sleep, keeps you from doing your job effectively, and makes it difficult to enjoy everyday activities. But worry not—there are plenty of easy and accessible options available for lower back pain relief, meaning a better, healthier future is within your grasp.

Kilian Chiropractic is here to help. Read on for a breakdown of the causes, symptoms, and most effective treatments for lower back pain to put you on the road to recovery!

What Causes Lower Back Pain? 

The human body is a natural wonder, and our backs are a complex network of nerves, muscles, bones, ligaments, and joints. When it comes to pain in the lumbar region, health issues, serious injuries, or the simple act of aging are usually to blame.

Disk degeneration—common among older adults—often results in ruptured or herniated disks, and with this comes intense pain. Other common culprits of lumbar issues include car accidents, slip and fall incidents, injuries at work, or sports-related injuries.

Simple movements such as bending down can even be enough to strain or injure your back. In addition to this, improper posture, stress, and obesity can aggravate the lumbar region. 

Health issues such as arthritis, kidney stones or kidney infections, osteoporosis, and blood clots are among other lower back pain causes.

What Symptoms Are Related to Lower Back Pain? 

Acute pain in the lumbar region is often sharp, sudden, and may last for a few weeks. If left untreated, it will turn chronic. 

You might feel the following in your lumbar region: 

  • Shooting or stabbing sensations
  • Tingling or numbness spreading from the buttocks to the legs and feet
  • Dull aches and muscle spasms, especially in the hip and pelvis
  • Weakness in the legs that limits walking and mobility

It is common for these symptoms to intensify after waking up or sitting for prolonged periods of time.

If your pain results from a fall, a sports injury, or a work-related accident, please seek medical attention as soon as possible. Generally, back pain is treatable, but you should continue to seek help from a healthcare professional if any symptoms don’t improve within three days. 

What Treatments Can Help Lower Back Pain? 

While plenty of over-the-counter medications claim to reduce mild to moderate pain in the lumbar region, this is a short-term solution with no lasting benefits. As a result, many people search for a drug-free approach, and thankfully, these treatments are readily available with professional chiropractic care.

Topping our list of methods is spinal manipulation, a safe, effective, and drug-free solution that has been proven to reduce acute and chronic lumbar region pain.

Chiropractic therapies, while effective on their own, can be combined with medical care and prescribed NSAIDs; surgery is typically not required with successful chiropractic therapy.

It’s Time to Relieve Your Lower Back Pain 

Whether your back pain is acute or chronic, you can benefit from a treatment that’s safe, long-lasting, and drug-free. There’s no time like the present to begin healing!Based in Vancouver, B.C., Kilian Chiropractic treats patients with all manner of issues, from neck and back pain to sciatica and tendonitis. To get answers, and the most effective treatment for you, call us at 604-688-0724 or fill out the form on our contact page.