Lower back pain is your body’s protective mechanism, with different types of pain (such as dull, achy, sharp, or stabbing) in the lower back, mostly originating in the facet joints, intervertebral discs, and sacroiliac joint. Muscle, ligaments, and fascia problems can also cause lower back pain. Such pain can also be triggered by conditions such as arthritis, stenosis, spondylosis and more. Lower back pain can be acute (begins suddenly and is usually short and sharp) or chronic (persistent or recurrent pain lasting longer than three months).
We’ve found that nearly one third of individuals with persistent lumbar pain have Facet Syndrome, with pain experienced lateral to the spine. This kind of pain reduces when sitting or walking.
Disc pain typically affects 40% of those with persistent lumbar pain, and it presents as pain in the centre of the lower back. The intervertebral disc is the only structure in the centre of the lower back which can cause pain. This type of pain gets worse with sitting, and standing up from a sitting position often aggravates this pain. Disc pain can affect the nerves, causing sciatica, which is often due to inflammation around a nerve due to disc pathology.
Sacroiliac pain is prevalent in 23% of individuals with persistent lumbar pain. This type of pain presents as pain on one side of the lower back, and is often worse when walking.
At Five Dock Osteopathic and Chiropractic, we treat both acute and chronic lower back pain. Our approach is to go to the root cause of the problem.
Acute Lower Back Pain Treatment
Many clinics won’t treat acute lower back pain at all, but we treat plenty of it. The key is to improve your mobility when you are in lots of pain. We do this by doing treatment both standing and lying down, as only lying down would aggravate your pain.
Chronic Lower Back Pain Treatment
Chronic lower back pain causes a change in your brain (alteration of the sensory processing of the brain leading to amplification of pain). About 20% of people affected by acute lower back pain develop chronic lower back pain. Five Dock Osteopathic and Chiropractic has found that the key to fixing chronic pain is to retrain your sensorimotor system so it no longer amplifies pain.
Lower Back Pain Treatment Methods
We have a number of special methods for treating all kinds of lower back pain: