Lower back pain and Chiropractic

The discs of the lower back are estimated to account for about 40% of the cases of lower back pain seen by a Chiropractor. Of the disc problems, herniation is the most severe. Disc herniation or protrusion is an extension of the core material of the disc (called the nucleus pulposus) into the spinal canal. This is important because the nuclear material may compress the nerves the extend into the legs. Almost all disc herniations occur at the lowest two discs of the lumbar spine. Over half of the persons with a disc herniation with have what is called an antalgic lean. The antalgic lean is the body’s way of moving away from pain and attempting to depressurize sensitive nerves. By evaluating the antalgic posture a Chiropractor is able to make an educated guess as to the location of the disc problem.
Another key point is that disc herniations may or may not cause pain into the leg which is known as sciatica. A herniation of the second to lowest disc in the back usually only causes pain in the back whereas a herniation of the lowest disc may cause primarily leg pain. Areas of numbness on the leg also are valuable to the Chiropractor in deterimining the location and severity of a disc condition.
Other types of lower back pain that may cause pain into the leg usually do not cause pain to radiate below the knee. These types of back pain including problems with the joints of the lower back (facet joints) and hips or sacro-iliac joints.
One test Chiropractors also use in determining if a disc is involved is the heel toe walk. Persons with a disc herniation often have problems with walking on the toes.
Dr. Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of experience. His practice focuses of treatment of lower back and neck pain.

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