Here are a couple lessons about the low back from Dr. Kleinman.
What Causes Back Pain?
The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pencil from the floor— can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.
Severity and Duration of Conditions
A chiropractor looks at the symptoms and conditions of an injury or illness and logically classifies them based on how severe they are, and how long they last.
Symptoms are subdivided into degrees of severity: mild, moderate, or severe. In terms of duration, pain (and other symptoms) can be referred to as:
- Acute – persists for less than 6 weeks
- Subacute – persists between 6 and 12 weeks
- Chronic – persists for at least 12 weeks
- Recurrent/flare-up – the same symptom(s) reoccurs sporadically or because of exacerbating the original injury
Goals of Chiropractic Care
Regardless if the pain is chronic, acute, or recurrent, chiropractors share the same treatment goals.
- Minimize the patient’s time lost at work
- Support the patient’s current level of function
- Control and relieve the patient’s pain
- Minimize the risk for further functional decline or disability
- Minimize exacerbation frequency and severity
- Maximize satisfaction
- Reduce and/or minimize the reliance on medications
The goal for each adjustment is to free your low back from the subluxations that are restraining the movement on the lower structural system so that you in turn have full mobility of your lower back again.
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