Non-specific low back pain. Really? No one wants to hear their back pain is “non-specific.” Well, your Easley chiropractor at Young Chiropractic knows some specific qualities of back pain like yours and particular ways to help control and alleviate its pain with chiropractic care.
What makes non-specific low back pain (NSLBP) so non-specific? A newer review of research documented 121 movement and 150 muscular activity biomarkers to differentiate non-specific low back pain sufferers from asymptomatic people. (1) That information is critical for diagnosing and treating non-specific low back pain. Researchers listed these issues as being contributory to non-specific low back pain: short hip flexors, low muscle activity of the gluteus maximus, and elevated erector spinae activity throughout hip extension in addition to weak endurance of the lumbar extensor muscles and irregular movement of the lumbar spine to compensate for the weak muscles. (2) Researchers have specifically explored how decreased hamstring flexibility may add to low back pain development by way of 4 tests for flexibility and 5 for stiffness when evaluating low back pain sufferers. (3) Further, they also noted significantly poorer back extensor muscle endurance in non-specific chronic low back pain patients. (4) Limited lumbar spine lateral flexion, limited range of motion of the hamstring muscle, and reduced lumbar lordosis were associated with greater odds of acquiring low back pain. (5) A simple, easy test called Five Times Sit-to-Stand Test measures lower extremity muscle strength, balance, function, and pain in chronic non-specific low back pain patients. (6) (It isn’t a bad exercise to do regularly either to enhance all of these problems! Add them to your routine after we examine you.)
HELP FOR RESTRICTED MOVEMENT
Young Chiropractic uses a multi-pronged approach to helping NSLBP patients with their movement. The gentle, non-radicular treatment protocols of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression are intended to elicit and reestablish normal ranges of spinal motion. (7) A lumbar support brace may be proposed. Using a lumbar support belt enjoys a complicated reputation of being useful and not being useful depending on the paper. Interesting! In a recent study, healthy persons vs non-specific low back pain patients demonstrated that two kinds of lumbar belts – extensible and non-extensible - had a positive effect on motor control in patients with nonspecific low back pain, suggesting they may be beneficial in sit-to-stand motion that is important in everyday living for nonspecific low back pain patients. (8) Exercises to make the extensor muscles stronger and spinal nutrition supplements may also be recommended to support your effort to get rid of and control your non-specific low back pain.
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Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Joseph Beissel on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the effective, gentle treatment with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with chronic low back pain.
Schedule your next Easley chiropractic appointment with Young Chiropractic. We work to make specific what we can of your low back pain’s cause as well as its relief.