What is Lower Back Pain?
About 80% of all adults experience lower-back pain at least a few times in their lifetime. Few other medical problems can boast such a widespread affliction rate across the population. In fact, besides from the common cold, lower-back pain accounts for more missed work days amongst people under the age of 45, than any other condition.
Beyond the numbers and statistics, lower-back pain is a debilitating affliction that can put your life to a screeching halt. Much of the time, those experiencing lower-back pain aren’t even sure what the root of the problem is. Lower-back pain can be the result of a variety or combination of issues.
We wrote this blog to help you better understand what kind of lower-back pain you may be experiencing. These are common lower-back problems that we see everyday at Advantage Healthcare of Charleston. If you think you are experiencing any of these issues, please call us (843-553-2211) to schedule a free consultation. Unchecked lower-back pain can easily develop into long lasting, chronic pain, which is often a sign of deep underlying damage to your nerves, muscles, or spine.
To start, let’s look at one the most common causes of lower-back pain: injuries. These can take the form of strains, sprains, and trauma. Strains and sprains are usually a result of overworking or making an improper movement with your lower back. Trauma is a result of an external factor, such as a car accident or a sharp fall, causing injury. Sprains occur from a sudden, forceful movement damaging your ligaments. Ligaments connect and support your bones and joints in the lower back. Sprains affect us from overuse or poor conditioning in the muscles. While usually these occur over a period of overworking one’s muscles, when you are already out of shape, it does not take much for a sprain to cause a muscle tear.
The next common lower back injury is a herniated disc. These typically affect people in their 30’s and 40’s. They are often referred to as a “slipped,” “torn,” or “ruptured” disc. These occur when the soft center of a spinal disc squeezes through a crack in the hard exterior. While at times it can come with almost no symptoms, if it agitates a nerve, it can cause an excruciating, cutting pain that can extend down an arm or leg.
Obesity and Posture
This final group of lower-back pain causes can be corrected on our own with just a little bit of self-discipline. Obesity is one of the leading causes of health problems in America today, so it is no surprise that it is also one of the most common causes of lower back pain. Exercise and a proper diet are both proven to not only reduce obesity, but also make lower-back pain easier to avoid and recover from. Other causes include improper posture when standing or sitting for long periods of time. Standing and sitting are second nature. People rarely take a moment to pay attention to how they are carrying themselves. But just a little bit of consciousness when it comes to posture and weight can greatly relieve the lower back.
How we can help you get over Lower-Back Pain
Chiropractic care partnered with physical therapy and medical treatment has proven to be an effective method for recovery from most lower-back conditions. At Advantage Healthcare we have a Medical Doctor, a Doctor of Chiropractic, and a Nurse Practitioner on staff. This enables us to provide specialized care that’s tailored to fit your needs. From trigger point therapy (TPT) to chiropractic adjustments to therapeutic lumbar support braces, we provide our patients with the most modern and proven techniques of curing lower-back pain. All of these treatments come with the support of physical therapy and education on personal health.
Now that you understand the different forms of lower back injuries, you might have an idea of what kind of pain you’ve been dealing with. There are many other causes, such as arthritis, spinal misalignment, and nerve damage, however these require a medical professional to diagnose. If you have been experiencing any lower-back pain, then please give us a call and set up your free consultation today.
“I had been walking with a cane for about two years. Four weeks ago when I started treatments with Dr. Gray, I could hardly walk because my back had locked up. After a couple of treatments my husband noticed I was getting around much better. I’ve seen continual improvement and am walking without my cane. My Husband started treatments after I did and he is also feeling much better and continues to improve. We recommend Dr. Gray to people every chance we get.”
“For years I woke up every hour or two all night. I began treatment with Advantage Healthcare two months ago for spinal problems and lack of sleep. For the last two weeks I have been sleeping five hours straight before waking! There is a female patient who started care around the same time I did who always used a cane when walking. For the first time I witnessed her walk across the room without the cane! Now she doesn’t even carry it with her. She walks fine! More evidence that I am in the right place!”
“In November of 2012 my Hips started to hurt causing severe pain. I saw a surgeon for the pain and he told me that one of my ribs was poking a nerve on my right side so he wanted to take out one of my ribs and replace it with mesh that is then attached to the ribs and the spine. He said that should correct the problem and my hips would quit hurting. I did not like the idea of having surgery so I sought other options. I heard about Advantage Health Care from my son who is also a patient of Dr. Gray. I started coming to Advantage Health Care in May of 2013 and they have helped me tremendously in the three and a half weeks that I have been there. In these last three and a half weeks I have noticed that I do not hurt any more, I can move around normally, I am not hunched over, I am not limping, and I can sleep peacefully at night. My family has even told me on more than one occasion that they notice a big difference in my life and they are happy because of the change Dr. Gray made in my life. I thank Dr. Gray for the wonderful job he is doing and will continue my care with him.”
“Before I came into Advantage Healthcare I had pain in my left knee that caused me not to be able to walk without a cane. When I found them they got me started out on Hyalgan injections for my knee along with some physical therapy and a brace. My left knee now feels much better and I’m able to walk without a cane! My life is now changed since my pain is greatly reduced and that I can now walk without my cane.”
“For 20+ years I’ve had severe knee pain after having a 14 year Judo career and 30+ years working as a plumber kneeling on concrete every day. Since coming to Advantage Healthcare I’ve started receiving Hyalgan injections for both of my knees as well as doing physical therapy and getting adjustments. I now feel considerably better and am able to walk once again, at 52 years old I couldn’t and now I can! The staff is extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and professional from the time you walk in the door until you leave as well as on the phone if you call. It really shows that they care about you. I’m really glad that I’ve found them I drive 3 hours there and back from North Carolina because of how good they are.”
“I’ve been a patient here at AHC for about 5 years now and the quality of care here is exceptional. Everyone here is so friendly and helpful. It is a fun atmosphere, a lot of joking between other patients. I will be a patient here for as long as possible.”
“As a teller at the local bank, I am currently looking up and down. Over the past few years I have noticed my neck pain becoming more severe. More recently I was finding myself calling out of work due to feeling like I couldn’t even lift my head off of my pillow in bed. I knew something wasn’t right and began doing research on what I could try to help manage the pain. I ran across Advantage Healthcare of Charleston’s website and decided to reach out to them. I was greeted with so much warmth and compassion that I just knew I was in the right place. During the months to follow I attended my appointments exactly as ordered, I received all suggested treatment and I am so very delighted to say that I am no longer in severe pain. Not only did AHC get me out of pain but they taught me how to prevent the pain from recurring. I ordered a proper chair, keyboard, mouse and computer screen so that my body was in proper alignment while at work all day. My colleagues weren’t far behind following in my footsteps as they became patients as well.”
“When I first found Advantage Healthcare of Charleston I was in so much pain I felt like I just wanted to die. I had been to multiple doctors who just wanted to cut on me to try and determine what was going on with me. I never felt like I was being heard but more so ignored. I felt like everyone around me thought I was making my pain up. The staff at AHC is very caring and listened to what all of my symptoms were. Their team of providers worked together to figure out the best course of treatment for my case. Today I can report that I have had an 80% reduction in pain and that it has reduced from being debilitating to occasional. I couldn’t have lucked out better when I found AHC and I would refer anyone to them.”
“When I first came into Advantage Healthcare of Charleston I had very bad back and leg pain to where I was bed bound. I have now been receiving chiropractic adjustments, therapies, along with injections from them. Since I started all of my treatments I feel wonderful! I’m able to get out of bed and do stuff, my mood has changed and I am able to live instead of just exist.”
“Before I found Advantage Healthcare I had extreme pain in both of my knees, very stiff shoulders and joints, trouble walking, and was short of breath. When I first started on with them they did x-ray’s to see what was going on and the staff discussed what they’d be able to do to assist my healing. They have since then started giving me adjustments, physical therapy, injections for my back and knees. They’ve also given me a tens unit and knee brace. Every time I come in they check on me to see how my pain is doing. I now feel 110% better, my pain has went from serve to mild, my shoulder has loosened up, my left knee is no longer in pain, and my right knee has the brace so I’m walking 100% better. I would like to say that Dr. Gray and his staff are number 1! They all go out of their way to make sure your visit goes pleasant. When I first arrived at AHC I was heading for a wheelchair but not anymore, I feel like a new person. I won’t sugar coat the treatment one day it’s easy and others it’s not but if you follow through with your instructions you will see results; I can attest to that. Lastly I would like to tell you I feel so much better. If you’ve got problems go to AHC and get them checked out, you will end up feeling better; I know!”
“Before I found Advantage Healthcare I had terrible left knee pain, lower back pain, sciatica, and pain that radiated down my left leg and my left ankle. I have since then been receiving chiropractic care, Euflexxa knee injections, therapies including the wobble chair and muscle stimulation to help with my peripheral neuropathy. I do have good and bad days now but the pain has decreased. The back brace I received from them is excellent and helps so much. They also have a great staff and all of them are very understanding. I feel more alert and calmer. I also have less pain in my lower back and the knee injections have really helped. Dr. Gray is compassionate and listens to your concerns. I explain to everyone how much the therapies have helped and would refer them to anyone.”
“When I came into Advantage Healthcare my neck, shoulders, knees, legs, and low and mid back was in pain. I also had tingling in my feet. The treatments I’ve received have made a big difference. The doctor’s and nurse are all very kind and helpful. I’m now able to do chores around the house, walk much better, as well as sit and stand for longer periods of time. There has been a lot of change in my life since receiving my treatments. I would recommend AHC to anyone. The staff is all very well trained. Try it and you will see for yourself!”
“When I first came into Advantage Healthcare I had diabetic neuropathy causing almost no feeling in my feet along with spinal problems. Since I’ve been coming to AHC I’ve been receiving chiropractic adjustments and E-stem treatments for my feet. I now feel better but I do know I still have a ways to go. I am now extremely happy and have feeling in my feet for the first time in years all thanks to AHC.”
“When I first started coming to Advantage Healthcare I could barely walk. I had so much trouble getting out of bed, getting ready, driving and all other daily activities. I was miserable and really couldn’t see an end in sight. I received a flyer in the mail and decided to give them a call. I am so glad I did. In a few short weeks they had me walking with just a cane. After a few months I was walking all on my own and even felt well enough to do my hair and makeup. If it weren’t for AHC I worry about what kind of shape I would be in today.”