Low Back Pain in Fairbanks
Years of abusing your back makes the back prone to injury. Most low back pain in Fairbanks comes from a few common causes. Car accidents, poor posture, or jobs that require a lot of sitting are common starting points for back problems. All of these situations can lead to decreased motion of the bones in the lower back and neck. Decreased motion leads to stiffness and eventually to decay of the bones and discs of the spine. This progressive stiffness and decay leads to chronic pain and a decreased quality of life as we age, preventing us from doing the things we love to do. This is a shame because it is largely preventable! Chiropractic restores the normal movement and alignment in your spine, bringing health back to sick joints.
Facet syndrome (back sprain) is most often brought on by a sudden movement or injury, often following years of back neglect, and results in pain and stiffness and difficulty moving. You may find yourself bent off to one side.
Sacroiliac syndrome occurs from a sudden injury or movement and is felt as a sudden pain in the hip area. You have difficulty changing positions and the pain can be excruciating. It is sometimes difficult to differentiate from a facet syndrome or disc herniation. This is the most commonly misdiagnosed back problem, usually called a muscle pull.
Herniated (slipped) discs are brought on by a sudden movement, often lifting, on top of general wear and tear and may cause severe pain in the back and legs. It takes quite a while to build up and may take quite a while to get better.
Muscle and ligament Strain is most often caused by poor posture or an old untreated back injury. Symptoms are chronic backaches with occasional spasms.
Is low back pain in Fairbanks a serious problem?
First of all, if it makes life more difficult for you, that’s serious in itself. Even if the pain goes away within a few days, unless you correct the underlying condition (usually stiffness and/or poor alignment) the pain will come back again and again as you get older, and all the while the joint will be deteriorating. What starts off as mild and occasional pain can suddenly become a serious and life-altering back problem if left untreated. Get to the root of it today before it gets any worse. Many of the patients we see wish they had taken care of their back at the first sign of trouble.
Lower back pain can also be accompanied by a variety of symptoms, some of which indicate very serious problems. Do you currently have or have you ever had:
- Leg pain with numbness, tingling and/or weakness?
- Back or leg pain with coughing or sneezing?
- Difficulty standing up after sitting for any period of time?
- Morning stiffness?
- Pain after extended walking?
- Pain in the hip, buttock, thigh, knee or foot?
If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these symptoms, it’s time you got help from a doctor. A doctor of chiropractic. If you have low back pain in Fairbanks, call us at 907-456-4234. We have been serving Fairbanks for over 50 years!