Lower Back Pain
Lower Back Pain Specialist
Lower back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and one of the main reasons adults call in sick to work each day. Dr. Peter Manz of Midwest Chiropractic Center LLC in Columbus, Ohio, is certified by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, so he is highly qualified to treat lower back pain injuries as well as many other debilitating issues. Dr. Manz and his team combine chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and a variety of other noninvasive, natural pain relief techniques, so you can get back to work and back to your daily activities as soon as possible. Call or schedule an appointment online to learn how Dr. Manz can help ease your lower back pain.
Lower Back Pain Q & A
by Peter Manz, DC
What causes lower back pain?
In addition to a work or sports-related injury, many women and men suffer from lower back pain as a result of everyday habits and circumstances. If your job involves lifting, pulling, or regular twisting of your spine, you may develop low back pain over time. On the other hand, if your job requires you to sit for long periods on an uncomfortable, unsupportive chair, leaning toward a computer screen, that could also cause chronic lower back pain.
Maybe you regularly carry a heavy toolbelt, backpack, or computer bag. An overstuffed bag can put strain on your lower back, especially if you carry it every day. If you overexert yourself at the gym or on the golf course, you may feel the uncomfortable effects of back pain.
Most of the time, you can get relief from this type of back pain if you change your habits or environment, but lower back pain that’s the result of more serious conditions requires professional care and treatment.
When do I need to seek treatment for lower back pain?
Some lower back pain is more serious than others, especially if you have a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia, or sciatica. All these conditions require treatment by a chiropractor or other qualified back pain specialist before you feel relief from the symptoms. Dr. Manz and his team examine your spine to find the underlying cause of your pain so they can provide the most effective treatment options.
Who is at risk for lower back pain?
About 80% of adults experience some type of back pain in the course of their lifetime, and the risk increases with age. Common risk factors include:
- Age — first onset is usually after 30 and risk increases thereafter
- Fitness level — weak abdominal or back muscles, and/or inactive lifestyle
- Weight gain, which adds pressure to joints and the spine
- Occupational factors such as heavy lifting, twisting, or sitting with improper back support
- Genetics — prone to arthritis, scoliosis, or other spinal conditions
- Injury or accident such as a car accident, sports injury, or slip-and-fall accident
If you’ve suffered an injury or accident that results in severe lower back pain, seek the help of a spine professional right away. If you’ve been living with chronic back pain, whether debilitating or mildly inconvenient, call or make an appointment online with Dr. Manz for a complete spinal evaluation to identify and treat the root cause of your pain.