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What Causes Low Back Pain?

Posted May 24 2010 12:00am

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We have been helping patients with low back pain and sciatica at Executive Express Chiropractic in San Francisco for 18 years now (formerly Front Street Chiropractic).

Low Back Pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions a chiropractor treats. In fact, 90% of the population will experience an episode of low back pain at some point in their lives.

Chronic low back pain is back pain that has been around for more than 90 days. The #1 risk factor for chronic low back pain is a previous episode of low back pain.

There are many causes of low back pain and there are many treatment choices. Obviously, as a chiropractor in San Francisco, I feel San Francisco back pain patients should visit us. Why? Because chiropractic is safe, there are no needles, no surgical procedures, and no pills. And chiropractic works great for low back pain.

Anyway, I came across this Low Back Pain Fact Sheet from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke .  It's excellent...and it even mentions chiropractic. Here is an excerpt from the article but I recommend you read the whole thing:

If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. Nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States — only headache is more common. Fortunately, most occurrences of low back pain go away within a few days. Others take much longer to resolve or lead to more serious conditions.

Acute or short-term low back pain generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Most acute back pain is mechanical in nature — the result of trauma to the lower back or a disorder such as arthritis. Pain from trauma may be caused by a sports injury, work around the house or in the garden, or a sudden jolt such as a car accident or other stress on spinal bones and tissues. Symptoms may range from muscle ache to shooting or stabbing pain, limited flexibility and/or range of motion, or an inability to stand straight. Occasionally, pain felt in one part of the body may “radiate” from a disorder or injury elsewhere in the body. Some acute pain syndromes can become more serious if left untreated.

Chronic back pain is measured by duration — pain that persists for more than 3 months is considered chronic. It is often progressive and the cause can be difficult to determine.

My Take: There are many causes of low back pain, and most of the time it is an easy fix. The best thing you can do to prevent low back pain is have a strong core and strong back muscles. And…live a healthy lifestyle. In my (biased) opinion chiropractic gives the best bang for the buck as far as low back pain treatment. And a good chiropractor can teach you how to take care of your back. Just like a dentist teaches you how to take care of your teeth. In fact, chiropractic check-ups should start young. What a great way to help prevent back pain in the future for your kids.


Hey, chiropractic can’t help all cases of low back pain…nothing can do that...just most of them. And if it doesn’t help…no harm done…try something else…because nothing was cut-out, nothing was fused, and nothing was injected. You are still whole.  


If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for chiropractic care at Executive Express Chiropractic …call 415-392-2225.


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