Lower Back Pain Birmingham: Should I use a Chiropractor?

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A healthy body and healthy back is essential to everyday health. The spine has two functions to support and keep us upright – this is called our posture. Secondly, to protect the spinal cord. Protection of the spinal cord is essential to our health and wellbeing.

What are the causes of Lower Back Pain?

The spine is made up of twenty-four spinal bones called vertebrae with major nerve roots exiting from the side. At the back of each vertebra are what are called the ‘facet joints’. They are like two interlocking fingers. The pain sensing nerves are in these facet joints. The normally smooth surfaces on which these joints move can sometimes become inflamed thus causing pain.

Another cause of lower back pain can be a bulging disc in between the vertebrae which puts pressure on a nearby nerve root and again can cause pain.

What are the symptoms of Lower Back Pain?

The symptoms of lower back pain are often tingling, numbness or pain down one or both legs. Muscle spasms in the lower back can feel intense. More severe cases can lead to loss of bladder and bowel control. If this is happening to you it may not still be too late to avoid surgery – consult a Chiropractor immediately and get help. The sooner you take action the better the sooner you can be out of pain.

Should I use a Chiropractor for lower back pain?

Lower back pain can be so debilitating that many people turn to surgery, however there are many avenues that should be explored before surgery is necessary. Surgery should certainly only be used as an absolute last resort.

The Chiropractic principle and approach is to restore normal motion and position of the spine. The simplicity and success of this approach has been documented in many research projects and has helped many patients avoid the risks of surgery.

What does back surgery involve?

A common operation is a laminectomy. This is used to treat major disc prolapses/bulges/slipped discs and tumours. A laminectomy is the removal of the facet joints described above. This is done to expose the affected part of the spinal cord or nerve roots. The disc is then cut away in order to free the nerve roots from surrounding tissues.

Sometimes the surgeon may approach the spinal cord from the front. If a large portion of bone is removed it is sometimes necessary to carry out a bone graft.

If you are suffering from lower back pain and require assistance, why not book in a consultation today or call us on 01922 456 700.

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