Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain.

Lower back pain is one of the top reasons that people seek medical care, miss work and are forced to refrain from everyday activities. According to the National Institutes of Health, 8 in 10 adults suffer from low back pain at some point in life. The condition takes an economic toll, with a price tag of $100 billion per year in combined healthcare costs, lost wages and reduced productivity. Fortunately, chiropractic care has provided relief to millions who suffer from this potentially disabling condition. It can often help people avoid more extreme measures like prescription medication or surgery, which carry increased risk of intense side effects.

Causes of Lower Back Pain

There are many reasons for low back pain, including spinal injuries, inflammation or injury of the spinal nerve, pressure on the sciatic nerve, and narrowing of the spinal column. Here are some common lower back problems:

Muscle strain and joint damage — The lower back is more prone to injury than other parts of the spine since it supports a disproportionate amount of weight while allowing us to bend and twist in almost every direction. In addition, factors such as poor muscle stability as a result of a sedentary lifestyle make the lower back more susceptible to muscle sprains, strains and joint damage.

Bulging discs and nerve damage — The spine encases the spinal cord, the main communication system from the brain to the body. The spinal cord has nerve roots that extend outward to send signals to the rest of the body. If a disc bulges, it can put pressure on nerve roots. A more severe form of a bulging disc is a herniated or “slipped” disc. A bulging or slipped disc can cause pain and inflammation as well as numbness and tingling, often extending to the legs or feet if the accompanying nerve root is irritated.

Degenerative conditions — Wear and tear over time can lead to changes in the vertebrae and discs. As we age, discs shrink and provide less cushion between the vertebrae. Cartilage can deteriorate and affect joint motion or pinch the nerve. But good maintenance of spinal and muscle health as well as regular chiropractic visits can help slow or prevent the degeneration process. When signs of degeneration are caught early, there's a much better chance of preserving the health of your spine.

What to Expect at Your First Chiropractic Visit

Many people visit a chiropractor either as a first step in seeking treatment for lower back pain or as a complementary treatment while also receiving standard medical care. During your initial evaluation, the chiropractor will typically take your health history and conduct a physical exam to assess range of motion, check for tenderness, feel for tightness, examine your posture, and check the alignment of your spine.

You will lie on a specially designed adjustment table, and the chiropractor will apply light touches to your spine to determine if any of the joints in your vertebrae have become locked in place. The Doctor of Chiropractic will also determine if you may need x-rays or another type of imaging. Only after a complete exam will a treatment plan be created, and you will be advised how many visits are recommended.

Treatment for Lower Back Pain

Chiropractic Care for Back Pain.

Treating lower back pain can involve a variety of therapies, such as adjustment (spinal manipulation). This is a common chiropractic method in which the chiropractor applies specific pressure to segments of the spine with limited motion, either with their hands or with the aid of specialized instruments. A spinal adjustment can help bring your spine into alignment, release locked vertebrae and reduce pain.

Other therapies may include

  • specific stretching and strengthening exercises
  • therapeutic massage
  • spinal decompression
  • trigger point therapy
  • cold laser therapy
  • therapeutic ultrasound
  • muscle stimulation
  • heat or ice

Why Seek Chiropractic Care for Lower Back Pain?

It's logical to meet lower back problems with the least invasive, most cost-effective treatment, and research supports chiropractic care as effective for treating lower back pain. Here are some conclusions:

  • Patients with lower back pain who complemented standard medical care with chiropractic therapy had greater improvement in lower back pain and less use of pain medication than patients who sought standard medical care alone.
  • Patients with acute lower back pain who were treated with a variety of chiropractic therapies showed greater improvement in pain and function in the short and medium term than those who were treated with non-chiropractic therapies or those who received no treatment.

The evidence points to chiropractic care as beneficial in treating lower back pain. For relief of lower back pain and return to normal function, chiropractic care can be an excellent first-line treatment option to set you on the path to restored health.

Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I've been coming to see Dr. Bob since 1984 for my back pain. After each visit, the vast improvement lasts about one whole month. Even after all these years, Dr. Bob continues to provide outstanding care for me, my children, and my grandchildren. I've referred several people to HealthWise Chiropractic, so they too can see the results I have. My favorite part of my visits is the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and doctors and, of course, the results I get that improve my daily living."
    Danny S.
  • "About ten years ago I was at the gym, I bent over and couldn't get up, the pain was horrible. I contacted Healthwise and Dr. Mike gave me an emergency appointment that evening. He did a complete physical and x-ray before he started any treatment. After my first treatment I was able to stand up and walk with minimal pain. With a few visits I was back to normal. I continued treatments as needed for the next several years.
    I see Dr. Bob regularly to stay fit and pain-free. He tests my strength and weakness to determine the best treatment. Our open discussion led him to help my acid reflux. I now exercise and walk as is essential for a septuagenarian.
    I told Dr. Bob that I was starting to get knee pain that I thought was arthritis; I didn't think chiropractic care could help. He told me about new equipment to help. I look forward to improvement.
    I was a skeptic of chiropractic care, now I would recommend HealthWise to anyone with chronic/simple pain. It worked for me. It can work for you!"
    Sherry B.
  • "I was very miserable with constant pain in my leg while knowing it had something to do with my back. My friend surprised me with an appointment with Dr. Bob. After being treated by Dr. Bob I knew right away it was exactly what I needed. I learned a lot through my conversations with the doctor. I am really thankful to Dr. Bob and his staff."
    Ed L.
  • "I had a very limited understanding of chiropractic care until I tried it for the first time 12 years ago. I came in with severe pain in my neck, which prohibited me from moving my head. I was greeted by a kind staff, had an exam and x-rays done on my first appointment followed by an adjustment. I felt so much better after my first adjustment and by following the treatment plan my headaches and migraines improved. My overall health has improved because of chiropractic care. Dr. Bob helps make sure that I am taking the right supplements to optimize my health and fitness performance. They have helped me with allergies, knee and shoulder pain, and earaches. I had no idea when I began my chiropractic journey just how much help the doctors and staff at HealthWise would be at improving my quality of life."
    Britt H.
  • "I have been a patient at HealthWise Chiropractic for over 20 years. In the past and currently I am seeing Dr. Bob, however, I have seen all docs at Healthwise. My general issues are usually seasonally related to sinus and allergies. Recently I have been receiving treatment for my hip and lower back. Dr. Bob zeros in on trigger points and quickly relieves my pain. He is a wealth of knowledge and offers help and suggestion on my health issues. The staff is friendly and helpful. I leave feeling better and I believe helps to keep my body aligned and energized. I have also come in after falls, injuries and surgeries. I truly believe my adjustments at the time added to a quicker recovery."
    Liz B.
  • "I have been a patient of Dr. Bob for two and half months. . I see him for an adjustment every two weeks. I started seeing a chiropractor for the first time in January 2021 while working in Florida for my continued lower back pain and chronic bilateral hip bursitis. Because my pain was mostly relieved with continued adjustments, I decided to continue with treatment when returning to Wisconsin. I have been very happy with my continued pain relief/adjustments at HealthWise. I highly recommend anyone with chronic back and neck pain to try chiropractic adjustments here at HealthWise. It will make your life better."
    Marianne V.
  • "Really enjoyed the different things that they can do for you and your pain management. Would highly recommend."
    Rhiannon P.
  • "I enjoy coming, getting readjusted and any additional therapies. It has made my life healthier and less stressful. If I have questions, they are answered at that visit. The staff is very professional, personable and friendly. I always look forward to my next visit with them. I am glad to be part of Healthwise Chiropractic family:)"
    Marcella L.
  • "DR MIKE IS A GREAT CHIROPRACTOR. HE TAKES THE TIME TO GIVE YOU A COMPLETE ADJUSTMENT IS TIME. HE IS ALSO A GOOD CONVERSATIONALIST. THANKS"
    RICHARD R.
  • "Dr. Mike is fantastic! He is very personable….will take time to really to your needs… I enjoy my visits…the maintenance has helped tremendously…..and he is there when the emergency pops up! Excellent Chiropractor!"
    Ann W.


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