Back pain can disrupt your everyday life and lead to limited function and mobility – in fact, over 80% of the population experiences back pain at some point in their lives. If you’re looking for an effective solution to your back pain, chiropractic specialist Ruben Garcia, DC, and his team at Peak Physical Medicine in Visalia, California can help you determine the underlying cause of your condition and the best treatment to bring effective relief. To speak with Dr. Garcia about your back pain, book an appointment at the office by phone or online today.
A number of factors can influence lower back pain, including poor posture, awkward movements, and heavy lifting. Lower back pain is a common workplace injury. Activities like repeated bending and heavy lifting can damage the muscles and ligaments that support your back.
Additional factors like excess body weight, age, and lack of physical activity can also increase your risk of lower back pain.
A number of conditions can lead to lower back pain. Conditions that impair the joints, muscles, and nerves in the back can result in chronic and severe back pain. These conditions include:
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions your bones begins to wear down. When the cartilage has worn away completely, the bones begin to rub against each other causing pain and inflammation. When osteoarthritis affects the joints in the back, it can lead to bone spurs and pinched nerves.
Sciatica is a condition that occurs when some part of the sciatic nerve becomes pinched or compressed. The sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in your body, runs from your lower back down into your legs and feet.
Sciatica is commonly caused by compression of the spine, bone spurs, and herniated discs. Patients with sciatica experience lower back pain that radiates down into their legs.
To diagnose your condition, you’ll discuss your symptoms and medical history. Your provider will then examine your back, assessing the severity of your condition. Based on your physical, your provider will usually order a number of additional tests including an X-ray or MRI.
Peak Physical Medicine specializes in an integrative drug-free approach to pain treatment. Once you’ve been diagnosed, you and your provider will determine the best treatments for your specific condition.
Lower back pain can be effectively relieved by a number of treatments. Traditional medicine addresses the symptoms of lower back pain with pain killers and muscle relaxers. While these options offer temporary relief, they do little to treat the underlying causes of back pain.
Peak Physical Medicine develops personalized integrative treatment plans designed to relieve and prevent symptoms. Treatment of your lower back pain can include:
Peak Physical Medicine helps patients address lower back pain without the use of invasive procedures or prescription medications. To find out which treatment is right for your back pain, book an appointment today by phone or online.