Dr. Tracie M. Cusimano
Huntington Beach Chiropractor
Call Today: 714-840-2273
At some point in their life, 80% of individuals experience lower back pain. When visiting a doctor's office, back pain is the 2nd most common reason for the visit. Upper respiratory infections is the only other condition that results in more visits. In fact, it is estimated that more than 50% of adults are affected with lower back pain each and every year and more than ten percent of the entire population have frequent, chronic episodes of lower back pain.
Lower back pain and injuries result from the vulnerability of the low back to instability. As the rib cage stabilizes and supports the thoracic spine, the mobility of the lower back, which allows us to touch our toes, pick up something from the floor and tie our shoes, increases the risk of injuries.
As long as the spine is functioning at an optimal level, tremendous forces on the lower back are withstood with no resulting harm. Olympic weightlifters can get a few hundred pounds off the floor without harming their low back. However, altered alignment of the spine, tight muscles or weak muscles of the core can result in an injury with something as simple as leaning over a sink to brush your teeth, picking up something off the ground or even bending down to pet the family cat can cause injury to the lower back.
In the past, many healthcare professionals thought that lower back pain would just go away on its own. However, we have learned that this is not correct. Research studies have shown that although lower back may go away without treatment, pain will return later without receiving proper care. Lower back pain is nothing to take lightly and seeking care with a chiropractor is an important step to take feel better now, but most importantly, to prevent future problems. Call us today as we can help!
What causes Low Back Pain?
There are a wide range of conditions that can bring about low back pain. Strained muscles and tendons, sprained joints and ligaments, herniated discs, arthritis and trigger points are just a few reasons why you might be in pain. Injury and pain can be the result of a sports injury or car accident but sometimes simple movements such as bending over to pick up a coin on the ground can have painful results. Also, other conditions such as obesity, poor posture, blood clots and kidney stones can cause low back pain.
Since there are numerous conditions that can cause low back pain with some conditions being quite serious, its important to seek help from a chiropractor trained in the diagnosis and treatment. it is imperative to look for expert offer assistance. Chiropractors are the experts of not only diagnosis the cause of your problem but developing a treatment plan to get you on the road to good health.
Segmental Dysfunctions (AKA: Subluxation)
At whatever point there is altered alignment and movement of the vertebrae, the outcome is usually inflammation and pain. In the lumbar spine, this happens more frequently between the lower lumbar spine and the sacrum. Segmental dysfunctions can lead to terrible back pain that can sometimes be debilitating. Fortunately, segmental dysfunctions are treated easily and often symptoms are reduced immediately after treatment.
Did you know that 50% of those who have herniated discs have no symptoms at all? Unfortunately, the other half can experience excruciating lower back pain that frequently travels down the buttock and legs. Once the disc herniates, it rarely, if ever, completely heals. Chiropractic care can help lessen further deterioration.
Strains, sprains and muscle spasms
The pitfall of being a weekend warrior. You know, those who have almost no physical action during the week, however once the weekend starts , they push their bodies too far. Come Monday morning, they can't wait to see their chiropractor. Overuse can lead microtears in the tissues, which become inflamed, tight and painful.
The body responds to stress with increased heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormones. In addition,the muscles tighten up which lead to trigger points. So if you are constantly stressed it is vital to take some deep breaths, get regular exercise, perform some relaxation exercises and get regular chiropractic adjustments to help take away some of that tension.
Chiropractic care and lower back pain
Chiropractic adjustments to the vertebrae of the lower lumbar spine and pelvis helps restore normal alignment and movement. Normal function equals more motion and less pain.
Research studies have shown that chiropractic treatment for lower back pain is the most effective form of treatment, most cost effective and has better long-term outcomes than traditional medical care which consists of medication and rest. Pain killers, muscle relaxants and bed rest only address the symptoms of the problem and not the cause.
Meet Dr. Cusimano
Dr. Cusimano is a native of Huntington Beach, California and graduate from Southern California University of Health Sciences. She received the Dean's List honor as well as the Delta Sigma Scholastic Society award. She worked at Cal State...read more
Tracie M. Cusimano, D.C.
7561 Center Ave., Unit 26
Huntington Beach,CA 92647