Laredo Chiropractor: Lower Back Pain—5 Ideas That Might Not Be True

Lower Back Pain—5 Myths, Demystified

lower back pain--There’s all sorts of information out there about health and nutrition. From licensed medical doctors, to government agencies, to old wives’ tales, to yes, even family members, everyone has an idea of what you should do or shouldn’t do. Even in the area of lower back pain, you may have heard some of the ideas below. Keep reading to find out whether the ideas or correct or not.

Back support belts help prevent injuries. According to both the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), lumbar (back) support belts have not been proven to prevent injury. Furthermore, they may actually increase the risk of back injury in two ways. According to NINDS, a person’s muscles may grow weak from being used less. And as mentioned by NIOSH, a person may become overly confident when wearing a support belt and end up lifting too much.

Limiting activity and resting helps lower back pain. The opposite is actually true: it is better to perform your normal routine and continue using your back—making sure, of course, to avoid provoking or making the pain worse. Remaining active helps maintain flexibility, good mood, and muscle tone compared to resting in bed.

Medication is the best route to treat low back pain. It is true that both over the counter (OTC) and prescription medications can help alleviate lower back pain. These could include anticonvulsants, nonsteroidaal anti-inflammatory drugs, antidepressants, analgesic meds, and topical counter-irritants. However, these medications treat symptoms and not the underlying causes of pain. Other treatment modalities may therefore be better choices. Upon consultation with your Laredo chiropractor or other health professional, you may want to use a combination of treatments including chiropractic and medications to treat your pain.

I’ll have to have surgery. Sometimes surgery is a viable choice. However, it doesn’t cure everything and there can be unwanted side effects (such as lost flexibility). Different possible surgeries for back pain include spinal decompression, foraminotomy, vertebroplasty, discectomy, intradiscal electrothermal therapy, nucleoplasty, artificial disc replacement, radiofrequency denervation, and spinal fusion. Before deciding to receive a surgical procedure, be sure to discuss with a doctor the possible short and long-term risks and benefits. Also, discuss with your Laredo Chiropractor how chiropractic treatments may be able to help you avoid surgery.

Using a firm mattress will help lower back pain. It is generally agreed that a “soft” mattress will not help lower back pain. Should you use a firm mattress then? Maybe not. While many people do recommend a firm mattress, a 2003 study published in Lancet suggests that a medium-firm mattress could be the best bet. Medium-firm mattresses provide more support than soft mattresses, but adapt more to the contours of your body than a firm mattress does.

Lower Back Pain Relief from a Laredo Chiropractor

If you have additional questions related to lower back pain, or if you are seeking help for your own back problems, please contact Laredo Family Health Center here in Laredo. We can help you understand the chiropractic process and how our Laredo chiropractor may be able to help your lower back feel its best.

If you haven’t already, call or visit Laredo Family Health Center to ask how our Laredo chiropractor can help you! If you’re suffering with lower back pain, call our friendly staff and put the pain behind you. Call 956-625-4008 today!

The Most Common Causes of Lower Back Pain And How Laredo Chiropractor Can Solve Them

lower back painDid you know that lower back problems affect about 40% of people at some point in their lives? It happens to people of all ages, race, genders and so much more. Most of the time, these problems are caused by simple mistakes or bad habits. The good news is that most of these problems are quickly reversible and you can easily and quickly eliminate the pain.

So what are the most common causes of lower back pain?

In most episodes of low back pain, a specific underlying cause is often not identified. The pain is often associated with problems such as muscle or joint strain. For the “average person”, lower back pain usually stems from poor posture. In today’s world, most of us have office jobs and work while sitting in a chair, in front of our desks, for prolonged periods of time. We tend to slouch our backs forward while typing on the keyboard and even while performing the simple tasks given to us at hand. We lean back when we sit and fail to sit up straight, thus contributing even more to our bad posture. This has become a habit picked up by people around the world and is responsible for causing numerous lower back problems.

Another problem which many people have, comes from a lack of exercise and poor posture. Never before in history has there been such an increase in sedentary lifestyles and overweight individuals. That’s because, once again, we have taken upon desk jobs. In our leisure time, we choose not to seek activities that contribute t our overall health and wellness. We have become sedentary individuals. Most people follow a typical 9 to 5 work routine where they get home, they’re tired, they eat, watch TV, kill some time and go to sleep. Most people lack the time, energy, and motivation to perform at least 30 minutes of physical exercise per day. This can cause numerous damages to a person’s lower back. First of all, if a person is overweight, they are carrying excess bodyweight with them. They are applying unnecessary stress on their knees and back. If a person fails to exercise, chances are, they have a weak core. If they fail to walk tall, sit tall, and overall maintain proper posture, along with their excess weight and weak core, they’re lower back works to maintain their core. Thus providing it with unnecessary weight, force, and stress as well.

So what is the solution to these simple lower back pain problems?

Many of these lower back pain problems can be fixed with weight loss, proper exercise, and a habit to fix and develop proper posture. For a lot of people, if the problem persists, they tend to retreat to pain killing medications as a solution to their problem. However, if the problem still occurs, we highly advise that you seek professional care through the help of Laredo Family Health Center and visit with one of our skilled Laredo chiropractors.

At Laredo Family Health Center our Laredo Chiropractor looks forward to helping our patients solve their lower back pain problems for good. We dig deep into the root and underlying cause of your problems, and through specialized chiropractic treatments, solve them.

Call Laredo Family Health Center today to find out how you can benefit from our services.