Banish Low Back Pain: A Noninvasive Approach
Today, low back pain is one of the most common health problems affecting Americans. Leading factors contributing to low back pain include:
- Occupational stresses and strains
- Traumatic work injuries
- Injuries during recreational activities
- The sedentary nature of our modern lives
Surgery, injection therapy, and pain medication are commonly used to treat this problem. But these treatments have proven ineffective for many people, who continue to suffer low back pain long after the procedure or intervention. Read on to learn more about this pervasive (and often debilitating) condition and how it can be treated using noninvasive means.
Almost everyone at some point experiences low back pain that interferes with work and cherished recreational pursuits. Low back pain can keep you from performing the activities that create meaning in your life, such as playing with your grandchildren, sharing a round of golf with your friends, or practicing your favorite musical instrument. Low back pain, though often experienced uniquely from person to person, can be divided into two general categories: acute and chronic.
Acute back pain usually lasts from several days to several weeks and is most commonly caused by:
- Low back trauma from a sports injury
- Motor vehicle accident
- Injuries experienced around the home
- Injuries sustained during work
Chronic low back pain is pain that persists for 3 months or longer. This health problem usually is progressive (though often treatable) and the underlying cause may be more difficult to determine.
Causes & Symptoms
The list of possible low back pain causes is long, but some conditions that cause this health problem occur more frequently than others. Common causes of low back pain include:
- Joint dysfunction (fixation or restriction)
- Muscle strains
- Intervertebral disc herniations or bulges
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
If you have low back pain, you may experience one or more of the following signs or symptoms:
- Dull, achy, or stabbing pain in your affected area
- Muscle spasms (ranging from mild to severe)
- Decreased spinal flexibility
- Inability to bend or twist without discomfort
Lower Back Pain Treatment
A conservative, noninvasive approach is often effective in treating low back pain. Manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) is a safe and powerful treatment technique for addressing this health problem, and is used by people who have tried conventional therapies, such as surgery, injection therapy, and pain medication, only to be disappointed and frustrated by continued pain or discomfort. This manual therapy technique (used by healthcare practitioners since the 1930s) is performed by musculoskeletal health experts in a controlled and comfortable setting to help reduce scar tissue and adhesions and provide lasting relief. A 3-day MUA treatment course typically produces profound health benefits for people suffering from all types of low back pain and allows patients to reclaim their lives.
Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Wolstein and his team to get more information about MUA and how it can help treat the specific underlying cause of your low back pain.