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Although the vertebra (bones of the spine) are the largest and strongest in the low back it is, in reality, a very unstable part of the body. Since your body is meant to flex in every direction at the waist and almost every direction at the hips there are thousands of ways to injure yourself during your lifetime, even during normal activities. In most cases the muscles surrounding the low back can become inflamed and tight from stress, poor posture, or exercise, and can pull the vertebrae out of alignment, causing painful muscle spasms and pinched nerves. The low back and pelvis also hold the job of carrying around most of the body’s weight, and therefore are susceptible to disc problems (discs are the gelatinous pads that act as shock absorbers between the bones of the spine). Disc bulges and herniations can cause pain not only in the low back, but in the pelvis and legs as well.
Because the low back is a complex network of muscles that supports most of the body’s movements there are many symptoms that may crop up with a low back injury. While this list does not encompass every type of experience that may come from a low back injury, here are the most common symptoms seen:
The treatment of low back pain will vary depending on the severity of the injury. Here at the Head Neck and Spine Center of San Diego we have a team of doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating back pain, as well as all the related symptoms. Most low back pain can be treated with simple spinal and pelvic adjustments, coupled with an array of other therapies such as therapeutic massage, heat therapy, ultrasound, and eletromuscle stimulation. There are, unfortunately, some conditions that do not allow for full recovery; however, Chiropractic care can usually prevent the condition from getting worse and allow for the relief of some symptoms. If an injury cannot be safely treated with Chiropractic care or needs a secondary therapy we have a vast network of Orthopedic surgeons, imaging facilities, physical therapists, and pain management specialists for your convenience. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above please call our office for a free consultation!