Woodbridge Chiropractor Dr. Matthew Bortolussi has successfully treated patients with low back pain for over a decade. Low back pain is an effect of many possible causes however most commonly, low back pain involves some combination of nerves, muscles and joints. The intensity of pain will likely change with position or movement. There are often called mechanical causes of low back pain and they generally increase or decrease as you alter activities. For instance, your lower back pain might be worse upon waking up and getting out of bed, but improves as you walk around a bit; it might also be worse with prolonged sitting. Bending forward can aggravate some cases of low back pain, while some people need to stay flat on their backs with very little movement at all. What ever the case may be, mechanical causes of low back pain usually need mechanical solutions.
The main mechanical cause of low back pain involves bones of the spine which are not aligned or moving correctly. In these cases, this abnormal activity in the spine also affects the nerves passing through at the effected levels. The signals these nerves carry into the body become altered. Dr. Matthew’s patients know these are called subluxations. Subluxations involve improper spinal function and improper nerve function. They prevent proper movement, while causing muscle spasms, inflammation, as they irritate sensitive nerves. In some cases of lower back pain, those sensitive nerves being irritated are the nerves that travel down into the leg as the sciatic nerve, causing leg pain, most often down the back of the thigh and sometimes reaching the foot. In more severe cases, in addition to leg or foot pain there is also numbness, tingling and weakness in the leg or foot.
Subluxations can be painful. Many cases of chronic low back pain are due to unaddressed subluxations. Chronic subluxations can lead to the development of degenerative arthritis—a painful inflammatory condition where the spinal discs and spinal joints wear away.
Chiropractors are the only doctors that detect and correct subluxations. Because of this, you pretty much have to see a chiropractor to get the problem corrected. Commonly, low back (also known as lumbar) subluxations cause pain on sitting, pain on bending forward or back, pain when going from lying to sitting or from sitting to standing, and pain not relieved by non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS).
Subluxations rarely, if ever, resolve on their own. They become bad habits of how your spine and nerves function, and are the cause of many long-standing episodes of low back pain. An interesting fact about chiropractic and lower back pain is that chiropractors have often been the last resort for patients suffering with this pain, after they’ve tried everything else. Because a chiropractor is the only doctor to correct subluxations, beginning care with Dr. Matthew Bortolussi is often the last thing patients need to try to resolve their problem.
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