Lower Back Pain Treatment In Seattle, WA
Lower Back Pain Specialist
Lower back pain is a widespread medical condition that may develop into chronic back pain if left untreated. It doesn’t matter if it originates from the spine’s lumbar or thoracic portion, the pain can spread quickly and may even radiate to cervical spine, arms and legs. Back pain has a significant impact on the quality of our lives. Even everyday activities like climbing stairs and lying down can become painful.
Rest and painkillers only provide temporary pain relief. Chiropractic treatment from a Seattle chiropractor is safer, better, and more effective than lower back pain treatment and pain relief options. Over the years, chiropractic back adjustments have proved to be an excellent solution for alleviating lumbar spine pain.
On this page, Dr. Jon Conner Cuevas DC will talk about symptoms and lower back pain treatment options.
Symptoms of back pain
Back pain can range from slight muscle aching to a stabbing sensation. Here is a list of the various symptoms that back pain patients may experience.
- Severe shooting pain in the lumbar spine portion
- Radiating pain in upper and lower limbs
- Muscle spasms with a tingling sensation in the lower back
- Dull pain around ribs and shoulders
- Pain in joints accompanied by spinal complications
- Numbness and lack of mobility
- Upper back & Shoulder pain
- Cramps & stomach pain
- Joint and leg pain
Common causes of back pain
Lower back pain can occur due to injury to the muscles and intervertebral discs along the spine. Cases due to congenital abnormalities and spinal irregularities are pretty rare. Here are some of the frequent causes of back pain.
- Frequent indulging in heavy physical activities
- Ruptured or bulging discs with back joint dysfunction
- Gradual pain due to disc degeneration
- Spinal complications like arthritis, scoliosis, and sciatica
- Stiffness and pain in vertebral joints
- Muscle and ligament strain due to poor posture and improper lifting
- Lack of regular exercise and muscular spasms
- Strain, sprain, or stress fracture
- Cramping, joint pain, or burning sensation
When Do You Need Back Pain Treatment?
Contact your doctor immediately if you observe any of the following specific conditions:
- Severe and persistent lower back pain
- Pain radiating from the lower back to legs
- OTC pain relievers not giving pain relief
- Radiating pain from the lower back to arms
- Short but recurring episodes of excruciating pain
Immediate Pain Relief For Back Pain
Most people stick to home remedies and self-care for back pain relief like:
- Avoiding twisting of the spine and lifting heavy objects which may cause pain
- Hot and cold packs to reduce inflammation
- OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen, aspirin, acetaminophen or naproxen
- Stretches & back exercises
However, pain relievers only provide temporary pain. Consult a chiropractor before the condition gets worse.
Chiropractic Back Pain Treatment
Chiropractors use diagnostic imaging to detect the underlying causes and use spinal adjustments to relieve subluxation. A consultation with your chiropractor gives you an insight into the available treatment procedures. It may comprise of:
- Stretching and core stabilization exercises
- Laser therapy
- Traditional massage therapy
- Physical therapy
- Regular exercise and lifestyle modifications
Long Term Problems Due To Untreated Back Pain
Lumbar spine pain persisting for three months leads to chronic and severe lower back pain. It results in excruciating lumbar spine pain and an increased spine surgery risk.
Atrophy of core back muscles, degenerative disc disease, and osteoarthritis can also develop in people who ignore back pain.
Contact us to book an appointment if you are experiencing back pain.
Patient Shares Her Experience After Chiropractic Adjustment
“Hello, I’m Suzanne. I’ve received my first chiropractic adjustment at Ballard Seattle Chiropractic Center and would love to share my experience. I suddenly started suffering from intense back and neck pain that radiates to my elbows. I couldn’t even turn comfortably, which made me feel nauseated.
I felt I was suffering from a lack of alignment and decided to get adjusted. It was the right decision. There’s no pain right now, and I’m feeling so much better after just one chiropractic adjustment!”
Frequently Asked Questions About Lower Back Pain
How do I know if my back pain is serious?
If you notice sudden weight loss or an increase in the frequency and severity of episodes of shooting back pain that worsens despite using home remedies, you should contact a chiropractor right away. Ignoring your back pain can lead to complex spinal disorders.
Should I see a doctor if my back hurts?
Several scientific studies have proved the efficacy of chiropractic treatment in treating pain in the lower portion of the spine. Medical experts recommend consulting a chiropractor if common home remedies fail to provide relief. Persistent and untreated lower back pain may cause irreversible damage to your spine.
How many days rest for lower back pain?
A large number of back pain specialists consider bed rest as an optimal treatment for back pain. Bed rest generally varies from two days to a week depending upon the cause of back pain. However, chiropractors generally do not recommend bed rest and prefer early intervention for lower back pain treatment.