April 02, 2013

If you have lower back pain with or without lower extremity pain (leg pain), have you ever felt a bit tipsy – that is, sort of in a state in imbalance? Do you feel unsteady walking? Well, join the crowd! Other Easley lower back pain patients do, too. Young Chiropractic reduces the back pain that leads to this walking imbalance and gets you walking the straight-and-narrow once again!

Interestingly, pain intensity has been shown to correlate with postural sway (sort of like a dizzy walk). Conversely, as pain is reduced, a person feels more balanced with a normal gait or walking stance. Some of Young Chiropractic’s patients even hold onto the hallway walls as they walk to their chiropractic treatment rooms.

chart on how reduced pain helps postureSo just how much pain reduction has been found to reduce postural sway? If pain is registered on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the least pain and 10 the worst), it was found that a drop of 4 points equated to significant decrease in postural sway. (1) Young Chiropractic will have you report on your pain at every visit. We want to keep track of your progress.

Now, imagine that if the pain were not decreased. There could be an increase in postural sway to the point of perhaps causing difficulty in getting through the day or being more prone to falling. In this study, postural sway remained similar to baseline for lower back pain patients who did not report significant pain reduction. So Young Chiropractic uses our chiropractic treatment plan to help reduce your back pain as quickly as possible.

Know that postural sway changes are closely related to your self-reported pain intensities on that 1 to 10 scale. Pain interference seems responsible for the altered sway in lower back pain sufferers. This is why Young Chiropractic uses sway measures as an objective monitoring tool during lower back pain treatment and/or rehabilitation starting during your chiropractic examination.

Your Easley chiropractor at Young Chiropractic is trained to recognize postural faults that occur with lower back pain or leg pain. Contact Young Chiropractic for relief of both your lower back pain and imbalance issues. You’ll be glad you did!