Lower Back Pain Treatment
Lower back pain is one of the most common conditions we see with patients at the Living Well 4 Life Center. Research shows that 80% of all men and women will suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives. Low back pain is also the #1 cause of disability in our country. The reason why lower back pain is so common is because it is the area of the body under the most stress throughout the day, every day. Things like walking, sitting, lifting, standing and bending all involve your lower back and take their toll over time.
If lower back pain is not treated properly and quickly, it can lead to spinal disc degeneration and arthritis. Lower back pain can be acute or chronic. Acute lower back pain develops suddenly, perhaps due to lifting or bending wrong, suffering a sports injury, or as a result of an auto accident. The pain can be sharp, burning or stiff, and the pain could last from a few hours to a few weeks. If acute lower back pain is not treated properly and quickly it may become chronic. Chronic lower back pain can last as long as three months and is more difficult to treat. When assessing someone with low back pain it is important to address the discs and bones, as well as the muscles and ligaments. Lower back pain is a very complex area of the spine and may involve the bones, muscle, discs and ligaments. Dr. Steven Loniewski has over 25 years experience in treating lower back pain with great success to help you live a pain free life.
How to Treat Low Back Pain
Comprehensive Consultation and Exam:
When you come to the Living Well 4 Life Center we will take our time to sit with you and ask you about your lower back pain. You will talk one on one with Dr. Steven Loniewski about your health concerns. He will thoroughly examine your spine and feel the area where the pain is coming from and any other areas that might be related. He will ask questions to get to the root cause of your pain as well as ask you about your health goals.
We will perform a highly specialized final exam to find where your pain is coming from. We will also perform different neurological and orthopedic tests as well as a posture analysis. Those tests will let us know how to focus on the cause of the lower back pain and map out a success plan for quick recovery.
Digital Motion XRays:
After the physical examination of your lower back, the next step may be to take X rays. At the Living Well 4 Life Center we utilize the most advanced technologies called 20/20 Digital Motion X rays. These advanced X rays will help us determine the cause of your pain. A very common finding associated with lower back pain is found on X ray is a subluxation. This is when a bone (vertebrae) is stuck or locked up and not moving properly. This can put pressure on the nerve, muscles and discs of your lower back and adversely affect your spinal cord.
It is important to know exactly what we are working with before starting chiropractic care, as everyone is different. With digital motion X ray analysis, we can make sure that there are no instabilities or permanent damage to your spine. This makes your chiropractic care very specific to your problem.
Specific Chiropractic Care:
As a chiropractor, our job is to locate the cause of your lower back pain, not just treat the symptoms. One of the most common causes of lower back pain is a subluxation. A subluxation is a bone that is not moving properly that can cause pressure on a nerve. If the subluxations are not corrected it can cause pain, headaches, numbness, tingling and can lead to arthritis. At the Living Well 4 Life Center we use only the most advanced and scientifically specific techniques to get you feeling and functioning better quickly. Through our detailed analysis we will choose a technique that is extremely comfortable and relaxing that will take the pressure off the nerve therefore correcting the cause of your lower back pain.
Custom Therapeutic Exercise Plan:
Healing is a 50/50 process. This means that the patient will need to take an active part in the healing process. We will design a custom exercise program for each patient to do at home that will facilitate faster healing, faster repair and lead to long term correction. This therapeutic exercise program is designed to address the muscle imbalance and weakness, and is designed by our Functional Movement Specialist. The purpose of your exercise program is to allow your chiropractic adjustments to hold better and longer.
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Steven Loniewski has perfected a technique to help correct the cause of lower back pain called Flexion Distraction. This gentle approach is very specific to lower back pain. Flexion distraction works to decompress the discs of the spine and eliminate spinal pressure. This helps create proper spinal alignment and balance the muscles and discs of the spine. Proper spinal alignment is essential to long term lower back pain relief.
Common Causes of Lower Back Pain
A subluxation is one of the most common causes of low back pain. A subluxation or misalignment is a bone that is stuck or not moving properly that puts pressure on the nerve. This pressure can cause low back pain, sciatica, SI joint pain or numbness in the legs or feet. Chiropractic doctors are the only doctors trained in the detection and correction of spinal subluxation.
Low back pain may have a muscular component as well. Muscle strains may feel like a dull, achy pain or even like a tight muscle that gets worse with movement. Muscle strains may be caused by repetitive movement, poor posture, weak core muscles, sports injuries and auto accidents.
Muscle strains rarely resolve on their own and can develop into more complex issues. If you continue to have the same muscle issues overtime, it can be a symptom of a structural issue. At the Living Well 4 Life Center we will determine if your lower back pain involves the muscle and design a custom exercise program for your specific needs.
In between the bones of your spine or spinal discs. These discs act as shock absorbers of your spine. If the discs get damaged that cause a bulge/herniated disc and cause lower back pain and even numbness and pain down the legs. The Living Well 4 Life Center has a non-surgical approach to help disc problems to avoid spinal injections.
Arthritis is also known as degenerative disc disease and it is a very common cause of low back pain. Many people feel that if they have arthritis they have to live with the pain. This is not true. Dr. Loniewski has over 25 years experience with treating patients with arthritis with very gentle and effective techniques.
The most common form of arthritis in the spine is osteoarthritis. This can be caused by excessive wear and tear, repetitive movements, injuries or even poor posture. Through a very detailed analysis, we will determine if you have arthritis and if chiropractic care can help. Chiropractic adjustments have shown to either slow down or stop arthritis from getting worse thus providing the person with a conservative approach to low back pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a chiropractor in Hillsborough/Hazlet, New Jersey good for low back pain?
Absolutely. A chiropractic should be the first doctor you should call when you have low back pain. With over 25 years of experience the Living Well 4 Life Center has helped thousands of patients correct the cause of their low back pain naturally and without drugs and surgery.
When should you see a chiropractor for low back pain?
The best time to see a chiropractor is when the pain first starts. Early detection and correction of the problem leads to the fastest results.
Is it OK to “crack” my own neck?
NO. This can lead to ligament laxity, nerve compression and can damage the spinal discs.
Are chiropractic adjustments to the low back safe?
YES. Chiropractic adjustments are safe, natural and non-invasive procedures to for correcting low back pain. With over 25 years of experience, the Living Well 4 Life Center has treated newborn babies, children, expecting mothers and even our seniors enjoy the benefits of gentle chiropractic care.
Is chiropractic care covered by my insurance?
Our office does participate with most insurance plans and also we have very affordable payment plans if you do not have insurance. We will do a complimentary insurance replication for you on your first visit to our office.
How can I tell if my low back is out of alignment?
Sometimes pain is an indicator that your low back is out of alignment. But most alignments don't cause pain until the problem has been there for many years. Having routine spinal checkups is essential for your optimal spinal health.