Is Lower Back Pain Normal As You Get Older?

Oh no! You’re waking up to lower back pain, once again. Many people assume pain in their lower back is an unfortunate side effect of getting older. However, in many cases, chiropractic care can help.

Here at our Crown Medical Center offices located in Huntsville and Florence, Alabama, Dr. Chad Mathey and our highly trained staff provide diagnoses and treatments for a variety of pain conditions including lower back pain. We also encourage wellness with regular chiropractic adjustments, massages, and healthy living advice at our holistic state-of-the-art centers.

Lower back pain

Pain in the lower back is the second most common reason for a trip to the doctor behind the common cold—striking about 80% of Americans during their lifetime. Discomfort can come from a range of causes such as strained tendons, sprained ligaments, and pulled muscles. Issues like a herniated disc, sciatica, or misaligned spine can also cause pain. Osteoporosis can lead to issues as well. 

Discomfort can be classified into several types including acute and chronic. Acute pain typically comes on suddenly and improves within days to weeks while chronic pain lasts for more than three months.

Risk factors

While age is one risk factor for experiencing low back pain (often the first episode happens between 30 and 50 years of age), it is far from the only one. Being overweight can put stress on the back and being in poor shape can lead to weak back and abdominal muscles that can't correctly support the spine. Genetics, pregnancy, and jobs that necessitate heavy lifting can also contribute to lower back pain. Smoking may also be a factor.

Diagnosis

Getting the correct diagnosis is key and includes a thorough examination of you and your medical history. Questions about the pain are also asked including when it began, how severe it is, any limitations of movement, and more. Often the cause is difficult to diagnose and in some cases, imaging like X-rays, CT scans, or another test may be recommended.

Treatment

A variety of treatments are available for lower back pain, including over-the-counter and prescription medications, hot and cold packs, and exercise. If you are still experiencing pain, chiropractic care may be able to help.

Chiropractic care

Our chiropractic care works to properly align your body's musculoskeletal structure using hands-on spinal manipulation, spinal compression, and massage. When your spine is properly aligned it not only provides support for all of your organs but gives lymph and blood the ability to move throughout your body which encourages healing. When appropriate, we may also recommend physical therapy to help you strengthen your core muscles. 

If you're tired of living with lower back pain, call us at 256-568-6993 (Huntsville) or 256-570-3829 (Florence) or click our "request appointment" button to schedule your visit today.

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