Chiropractor located in SeaTac, WA & Kent, WA
Lower back pain results from a variety of factors. Regardless of the cause, it inhibits your daily activities and requires treatment to prevent long-term damage. The expert chiropractor at Watson Chiropractic, Dr. Steven Watson is thoroughly trained in diagnosing and treating the condition specific to you. Contact the office in SeaTac, Washington, to learn how you can revert to a pain-free lifestyle.
Lower Back Pain Q & A
What is lower back pain?
The lower back, or lumbar spine, is a significant source of support, strength, and flexibility for your body. It allows for everyday motions such as bending, twisting, and even walking. Several issues result in lower back pain, and it must be professionally diagnosed to be treated properly.
Acute, or sudden, lower back pain typically results from injured muscles, ligaments, joints, or discs. Because of the overlap of nerve supply to these areas, it’s difficult to diagnose the source of the problem without professional medical help.
The expertise of the doctors at Watson Chiropractic allows them to provide accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for your low back problem.
What causes lower back pain?
The root of lower back pain is typically due to a torn or pulled muscle or ligament. That can occur due to a variety of activities, including:
- Lifting a heavy object
- A sudden movement
- Poor back posture
- Injury following a car accident
Acute lower back pain, or pain that occurs suddenly, can feel more severe than chronic pain which develops gradually over time. Long-lasting lower back pain usually results from repetitive movements that accumulate to cause symptoms.
What are symptoms of lower back pain?
Lower back pain might sound like a symptom in itself, but it includes a vast magnitude of symptoms that range from mild to debilitating. Low back pain also can have a sudden onset or a slow development.
Symptoms vary based on the underlying cause of the pain. Depending on your case, you might experience:
- Dull or achy pain that’s contained to your lower back
- Stinging, burning pain that migrates from your low back to your legs and feet
- Muscle spasms and tension in your low back, pelvis, and hips
- Pain that worsens after prolonged sitting or standing
- Difficulty standing straight, walking, or shifting from standing to sitting positions
Symptoms of lower back pain can also be categorized by its onset type, whether it’s acute or chronic pain. Visit Watson Chiropractic for clarity on your condition so you can receive proper, effective treatment.
What are treatment methods for lower back pain?
Dr. Watson always tailors his treatments to each patient’s specific case and needs. Methods can include:
- At-home care
- Medicinal remedies
- Alternative care
They may also suggest a combination of treatments to treat your lower back pain best. Regardless of your specific treatment plan, though, you should always invest in self-care through:
- Rest days and avoiding strenuous activity
- Activity modification to avoid aggravating your pain
- Heat to increase blood flow and ice to reduce swelling
- Over-the-counter pain medications to alleviate pain and swelling
Regardless of what triggered your lower back pain, it’s critical to seek medical attention to resolve it. Left untreated, the pain can develop into more long-term damage. Visit Watson Chiropractic to learn the proper treatment measures for your needs.