Lower back pain is one of the most common causes of disability and doctor visits around the world, so it’s no surprise that it’s such a widely discussed topic. Most recently, there has been a lot of news and discussion about spinal manipulation and it’s use to relieve back pain – specifically, in the lower lumbar region. This is due to the release of a new study by the Journal of the American Medical Association which showed that spinal manipulation therapy may work as well for easing lower back pain as anti-inflammatory medications.
If you’ve ever personally experienced back pain, you have probably tried your fair share of treatments in an attempt to remedy your own condition. Hot or cold compresses, oral medication, steroid injections, acupuncture, massage therapy, surgery – the list of treatment options goes on and on. So, how is spinal manipulation different?
While the treatment for back pain is still not a one-size-fits-all, here’s what we can tell you about the findings from this study:
What is Spinal Manipulation?
Spinal manipulation, which is typically done by chiropractors, physical therapists, and some other health providers, involves applying pressure and manually moving the joints of the spine. This type of therapy can also involve massage and exercise. Spinal manipulation is designed to relieve pressure on joints and curb inflammation in the back, neck or shoulder.
How Can It Help Lower Back Pain?
Patients who underwent this type of therapy reported greater ease and comfort engaging in daily activities such as walking more quickly and having less difficulty turning over in bed and sleeping more soundly. Unfortunately, the study did not uncover exactly why spinal manipulation relieves back pain, but there are a few possibilities that have been suggested. For example, lower back pain relief may be due to the small joints in the spine being repositioned in such a way that it causes less pain. Or, it could be that this therapy restores some material in the disc between the vertebrae. At the very least, spinal manipulation could simply relax muscles, which is important for anyone experiencing this type of pain.
Is Spinal Manipulation Right for Me?
It’s important to note that many conditions can cause lower back pain, and, depending on what those conditions are, severely affects how they should be treated. If you are suffering from severe or ongoing lower back pain you should be evaluated by a physician or health professional for an accurate diagnosis and treatment program. Depending on your diagnosis, spinal manipulation may be recommended for you.
At Southern Laser Spine, our goal is to provide patients with the information and help that they need in order to find relief for their lower back pain and spinal conditions. For more information about our lower back pain treatment options, or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team today.