Lower back pain is one of the most common chronic pain issues in the US, with some health studies estimating that more than one in four adults live with this issue currently. Despite its extreme prevalence, a large number of patients spend years in a frustrating search for pain relief. Which is why we are committed to educating patients on the natural treatment options which exist that are backed by verifiable studies and scientific evidence-based approaches.

Why does lower back pain occur?

There are several reasons you may feel lower back pain. It could occur from strains or sprains possibly caused by lifting a heavy object, or it might occur due to a traumatic injury, such as after a car accident. Lower back pain can also be caused by aging. Other common causes are herniated discs, arthritis, sciatica, and pinched nerves.

What are the most common symptoms of lower back pain?

The symptoms of lower back pain can vary considerably. Some people experience a lingering dull ache, while others endure sharp, shooting pains. Other sensations of lower back pain can feel like a tingling sensation, numbness, or a stiffness which makes it difficult to move or complete daily tasks. Sometimes lower back pain may radiate down one leg, causing further pain. This type of pain can come and go or happen during specific activities like standing for long periods of time, walking, or laying down.

How can lower back pain impact your daily life?

Low back pain can have a significant effect on your daily life. It’s one of the leading causes of disability throughout the world. This is due to lower back pain affecting many parts of your life, from your ability to work and take care of household chores to your social life. But, even if your pain does not become bad enough to stop you from working, it can certainly make work and life difficult.

From putting a damper on activities you enjoy to causing fatigue and depression due to living with chronic pain, lower back pain can affect your ability to earn an income, maintain relationships, lead a healthy life, and even keep a positive mood. We’ve heard accounts of patients dreading waking up in the morning, because of the pain they know will be there and struggling to get comfortable at night to enjoy a restful sleep.

What are common treatments for lower back pain?

Conventional healthcare often suggests a number of therapies for lower back pain, many of which are simply temporary methods of blocking pain, rather than addressing the underlying reason why your back is hurting.

Both over-the-counter and prescription medications are commonly used to mask lower back pain. Over-the-counter oral medications and topical creams are often used first, and then if they don’t work, a doctor may prescribe other medications. Prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be prescribed, as well as narcotics, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants.

Steroid injections and back surgery are often suggested for chronic lower back pain . Both spinal decompression surgery and lumbar fusion surgery are common procedures, which each carry their own set of risks and potential complications.

What are the drawbacks/side effects of traditional treatments?

Medication, surgery, and injections all have side effects. Even over-the-counter medications have side effects. Over-the-counter NSAIDs can cause stomach upset, gas, internal bleeding, and may even increase the risk of heart attacks and kidney problems with long-term use. Opioids are widely known to be addictive and it’s easy to develop a tolerance to these powerful painkillers, which causes patients to seek even more powerful drugs to help with their pain. Side effects can include nausea, sleepiness, slowed heart rate or breathing, and are not recommended for people who operate machinery or need to drive regularly.

Additionally, back surgery has several risks, including the normal risks of anesthesia, as well as the risk of bleeding, infection, and nerve damage. Another problem with back surgery is that it may not provide the pain relief you were hoping for and could even increase your pain.

Injections are typically safe, but epidural steroid injections can have side effects, some of which can be severe. Some potential side effects are headaches, nausea, bleeding, infection, insomnia, nerve damage, vision loss, and more.

How can chiropractic care help alleviate the symptoms of lower back pain?

Unlike most conventional therapies, chiropractic care does not simply mask the pain, it addresses the cause of it. By resolving the reason for your lower back pain, such as a pinched nerve, compressed disc, or misalignment, a trained chiropractor provides pain relief which is long-term and without the side effects and risks of conventional treatments. It’s important to remember that chiropractic care for lower back pain is all natural, drug-free and never involves invasive procedures which carry risks. Instead, our chiropractors, who are leaders in the field of relieving back pain, take a holistic approach, which includes non-invasive therapies that rebalance the body and alleviate the underlying imbalance which creates such pain.

Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy Offers a Holistic, Multi-Prong Approach to Lower Back Pain in North Jersey

One of the most common reasons patients turn to Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy is for relief from chronic lower back pain. With a number of precision therapies designed to specifically address back pain, our team is trained and dedicated to providing the relief you’ve been searching for.

Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulation is a gentle, painless procedure which we use to place the spine and joints back into proper alignment. This is a common procedure used to treat low back pain. It involves applying pressure to the spine to realign it, relieve your pain, and improve function. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that patients who undergo spinal manipulation experience a real reduction in pain.

Deep Tissue Laser Therapy

This safe and painless high tech procedure uses therapeutic lasers to encourage the body’s natural healing process. This technology can be used for a variety of conditions, including back pain and promotes healing as it reduces inflammation, which can be a common source of back pain.

The Butler Spine Program

At Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy, our goal is to remain on the cutting edge of care. We constantly strive to offer the most effective, safe, non-invasive therapies for our patients. This includes non-surgical spinal decompression alternatives. This innovative traction therapy uses computer-technology to provide precise, gentle relief to compressed vertebrae that are irritated and in pain.

Physical Therapy

While our chiropractors help rebalance and align your body to promote healing and reduce the irritations that cause pain, physical therapy complements these therapies. Movements that strengthen and stretch the body can help the body maintain proper alignment and remain in balance. By enhancing the body’s flexibility and muscle strength, we can allow you to recondition your body for pain relief.

Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Treatment for Low Back Pain in New Jersey

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