Research suggests that lower back pain affects more than 80% of adults at some point in their lives. It is also a leading cause of disability, according to the Global Burden of Disease. At Carter Natural Health Center, we see our fair share of clients looking for alternative pain treatments. Our licensed chiropractor in Hendersonville, Dr. Carter, has been treating back pain using chiropractic care for over 20 years. He will use his expertise to address the source of your pain and provide holistic relief.
What is Lower Back Pain?
Low back pain is a condition characterized by pain that starts in the lumbar region of the spine. The lower back spine is a remarkable structure made up of spinal joints, bones, discs, nerves, and connective soft tissue. It fetches the weight of the upper body and allows daily repetitive motions such as bending and twisting.
More people experience pain as the lumbar spine loses its strength and flexibility, which makes it more prone to misalignment, bulging discs, and herniated discs. Poor posture, poor diet, excess weight, lack of exercise, and improper lifting increase the risk of injury, strains, and sprains. Muscle spasms, chronic inflammation, and nerve compression from the following medical conditions also cause pain:
- Spinal stenosis
- Bone spurs
- Piriformis syndrome
- Sacroiliac joint disorder
- Sciatica (pinched nerve root)
- Improper Nutrition
Common Symptoms of Low Back Pain
Pain is described as a dull, sharpshooting, or burning sensation that comes and goes or persists. Other symptoms include:
- Muscle or joint stiffness
- Reduced range of motion
- Pain radiates to the buttock or leg
- Weakness, numbness, or tingling in one or both legs (sciatica)
- Pain gets worse when standing, walking, bending, twisting, or lifting
How Dr. Carter Treats Lower Back Pain
Dr. Carter and staff will do a physical examination, evaluate your symptoms and medical history, and may recommend additional testing such as a spinal X-ray, CT scan, or MRI. We also use Applied kinesiology (AK) to test for muscle weakness and chemical imbalances associated with pain and nerve damage.
We focus on eliminating pain and restoring musculoskeletal balance by addressing the underlying problem. Our chiropractor can achieve this by performing non-surgical spinal adjustments, a technique used to correct vertebral misalignments. Spinal correction reduces pain by taking pressure off the affected discs or trapped nerves. It reduces inflammation by increasing blood supply to the spinal structures. Adjustments alleviate joint restrictions, increase range of motion, and help the nervous system function better.
Your chiropractic care plan may include may include other therapies such as nutritional supplementation, massage therapies and acupuncture to activate the body's natural pain-relievers. You can also build muscle strength and flexibility through corrective exercises and proper diet.
Lasting Pain Relief from a Chiropractor in Hendersonville, TN
Chiropractic care at Carter Natural Health Center decreases pain, improves spine health, and minimizes your need for pharmaceutical treatments. Call 615-289-5823 to schedule a consultation.