Lower back pain and disc problems-Chiropractic topics

Many people suffering from lower back pain worry that their pain is caused by a disc herniation. It has been proposed that up to one third of the population has some kind of disc abnormality that is asymptomatic. Chiropractic care is safe and effective for all types of lower back pain including pain caused by disc problems.
As a general rule if pain in the legs during an episode of lower back pain travels below the knee it is likely the pain is caused, at least in part, by the disc. Numbness is more commonly seen in disc conditions. Most frequently the numbness is in the foot or ankle. Numbness is more common in disc conditions than in other types of lower back pain. People with disc problems also may have a history of recurrent episodes of lower back pain without leg pain. Most people with disc problems are between 30 and 50 years old. A disc injury is often caused by a twisting, bending injury and results in immediate leg pain. Often the leg pain aspect of a disc problem is worse than the back pain. In younger people with disc problems pain is often worse with sitting and less with standing or walking. Older people with disc problems generally have more difficulty with walking or standing.
The most useful diagnostic procedure in the Chiropractic setting is the straight leg raise. The straight leg raise is used by Chiropractors and Medical Doctors as the first line of testing to determine if an episode of back pain is due to a herniated disc or not. A positive straight leg raise test produces pain that runs down the back of the leg to the foot with raising of the leg.
It is recommended that people suffering with back and leg pain that may be a result of a disc problem should undergo about 3-4 weeks of conservative care (including Chiropractic). If no relief is achieved in the first 3-4 weeks of conservative care then an MRI is often recommended.
The Chiropractic technique of lumbar flexion distraction is often very helpful in cases of disc herniation. In flexion distraction technique the patient lies on the stomach on a special table that bends at the waist and applies a gentle traction to the joints of the lower back.

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