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Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain treatment Gloucester

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a prevalent issue that affects the majority of individuals at some point in their lives, with approximately 80% experiencing its discomfort. While often attributed to simple muscle, tendon, or ligament strains, lower back pain is typically not indicative of a serious underlying problem. However, when severe or recurring, it may signal the presence of underlying issues warranting further investigation.

The root cause of back pain often lies in the dysfunction of the intricate interplay between bones, muscles, and ligaments in the back. The complex structure of the lower back means even minor damage to any part of the lumbar region can result in significant pain and discomfort.

Understanding the underlying mechanisms contributing to lower back pain is crucial in developing effective treatment strategies. At our Gloucester-based clinic, we specialise in addressing lower back pain through a holistic approach that targets the root cause of discomfort. Our team of experts utilises a range of techniques, including massage, dry needling, manipulation, joint mobilisation, flexion traction, sacro-occipital techniques, trigger point therapy, and taping, tailored to each individual's needs.

If you're experiencing lower back pain in Gloucester, don't let it hinder your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards finding relief and restoring your well-being.

Some of the most common causes of stress and strain on the spine include:

  • Poor posture – slouching in chairs, driving in hunched positions and standing badly

  • Lifting incorrectly

  • Sleep; sleeping  on an aging, unsupportive mattress.

  • Overall Fitness

  • Overuse; over tiring muscles and not following a gradually increasing work or sports program. Not warming up or cooling down before and after exercise will also cause muscle pain.

  • Inactivity / Poor movement patterns are usually at the root of simple back pain. Inactivity results in weak tight muscles so they are unable to support the back properly. This leaves the spine more vulnerable to damage when certain movements put too much strain on one area.

Principal symptoms of a lower back injury may feature:

  • Ache and stiffness into the base of the spine.

  • The pain may radiate down the front, side, or back of your leg, or it may be confined to the low back.

  • The pain may become worse with activity.

  • Occasionally, the pain may be worse at night or with prolonged static positions.

  • You may wake up with stiffness and lack of mobility in the lower back.

  • You may have pain, numbness or weakness in the part of the leg that receives its nerve supply from a compressed nerve, this could be anywhere from the hip to the toes.

What is involved in lower back Chiropractic treatment?

Treatment is dependent on your diagnosis of what is causing your pain, however common techniques we utilise are:

  • Massage

  • Dry needling

  • Manipulation

  • Mobilisation of the joints

  • Flexion traction

  • Sacro-occipital techniques

  • Trigger point therapy

  • Taping

At Performance Chiropractic we use our clinical experience along with quality standards set by the Royal College of Chiropractors and clinical guidelines from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) to deliver the best effective treatment plan.

Common injuries to the lower back

When it comes to lower back pain treatment in Gloucester, Slipped discs, also known as Disc bulges or Disc herniations, are a frequent concern addressed by our chiropractors. These conditions can lead to acute localised pain in the lower back or severe sciatica down the leg or legs. Our experienced chiropractors employ a series of neurological tests to determine the direction and severity of the disc bulge. From there, they provide gentle manual therapy alongside personalised home management and exercise plans to effectively resolve the issue. Additionally, our clinicians have the expertise to refer for and interpret X-rays and MRI scans, ensuring comprehensive care.

Sciatica

Often associated with slipped discs, Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated or 'pinched.' This symptom can manifest as tingling, numbness, burning sensations, pins and needles, and weakness in specific muscle groups. While disc injuries are a common cause, poor movement patterns and dysfunction in nearby structures can also contribute to sciatic pain.

Mechanical back pain

Usually Resulting from overuse or improper spinal mechanics, mechanical lower back pain is another prevalent issue our chiropractors address. While these issues are often straightforward, resolving them may take time due to the gradual buildup of dysfunction in the joints and muscles. The pain experienced is typically the result of long-term structural strain caused by muscle, ligament, and joint dysfunction.

Sacroiliac joint injury

Often mistaken for hip pain, SIJ injury can also contribute to lower back discomfort. These load-bearing joints, located at the base of the lower back, are prone to injury due to prolonged sitting and compression. Our chiropractors are adept at identifying and addressing sacroiliac joint issues, providing insights into their relevance during your consultation.

If you're seeking effective treatment for slipped discs or other causes of lower back pain in Gloucester, our skilled chiropractors are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward alleviating your discomfort and restoring your mobility and well-being.

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