Ongoing Back Pain and Chiropractic treatment

Many patient with a history of lower back pain episodes may be experiencing a conditions known as lumbar spondylosis. Spondylosis is a medical term which basically means spinal condition. Spondylosis would be a technical term for the layman’s term arthritis. Degenerative disc disease is another way of refering to spondylosis. Usually spondylosis effects those over 50. The chief symptom of spondylosis or arthritis of the back is lower back pain without sciatica. The pain in the back is usually described as aching in nature. There may also be areas of point tenderness. Usually activity increases pain in lumbar arthritis and the pain is eased with rest. If there is pain running down the leg (sciatic) it is more of a generalized ache in one or both legs.
Most people with spondylosis (arthritis) of the back will have limitations to movement of the back. Leaning back is usually the most limited movement. The curve of the lower back also can become more flattened and muscle spasms to the side of the spine are common as well.
Spinal stenosis is a common condition in older persons. Stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces where the nerves exit the spine. Often stenosis accompanies arthritis of the back. Usually people with a history of stenosis and arthritis have a history of multiple episodes of moderate intensity back pain that spans years. One key feature of stenosis is that it is usually uncomfortable to lie on the stomach while sleeping. The most comfortable position to sleep in with stenosis is on the side with the knees up. Often pain in leaning back or extending the spine is the most common feature of stenosis/arthritis.
One of the most effective exercises recommended by Chiropractors for the condition of stenosis/arthritis/spondylosis is the gym ball. Flexion or crunch type exercises on the ball are often effective. A modified pelvic tilt exercise is also effective while done on the gym ball.
The comfort of the back is highly dependent on the strength of the abdominals. The gym ball is probably the best way to effectively strengthen the muscles of the abdominals.
Dr. Tom Etter a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and has over ten years of practice experience as a Chiropractor. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain, whiplash and sports injuries. Etter Chiropractic serves Olathe, Kansas, Lenexa, Kansas, and Overland Park, Kansas.

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