Non-specific low back pain. Really? No one wants to hear their back pain is “non-specific.” Well, your Augusta chiropractor at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic knows some specific features of back pain like yours and particular ways to help contain and ease its pain with chiropractic care.
What makes non-specific low back pain (NSLBP) so non-specific? A newer review of research documented 121 movement and 150 muscular activity biomarkers to differentiate non-specific low back pain sufferers from asymptomatic others. (1) That information is critical for diagnosing and treating non-specific low back pain. Researchers listed these issues as being contributory to non-specific low back pain: short hip flexors, low muscle activity of the gluteus maximus, and high erector spinae activity throughout hip extension as well as weak endurance of the lumbar extensor muscles and irregular movement of the lumbar spine to compensate for the weak muscles. (2) Researchers have purposely explored how decreased hamstring flexibility may contribute to low back pain development via 4 tests for flexibility and 5 for stiffness when examining low back pain patients. (3) Further, they also noticed significantly poorer back extensor muscle endurance in non-specific chronic low back pain patients. (4) Limited lateral flexion of the lumbar spine, limited range of motion of the hamstring muscle, and decreased lumbar lordosis were linked to greater odds of developing low back pain. (5) A simple, easy test called Five Times Sit-to-Stand Test measures lower extremity muscle strength, balance, function, and pain in chronic non-specific low back pain patients. (6) (It is not a bad exercise to do regularly either to enhance all of these problems! Start doing them after we examine you.)
HELP FOR RESTRICTED MOVEMENT
Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic uses a multi-faceted approach to helping NSLBP patients with their movement. The gentle, non-radicular treatment protocols of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression are designed to elicit and reestablish normal ranges of motion to the spine. (7) A lumbar support brace may be proposed. Using a lumbar support belt enjoys a thorny reputation of being useful and not being useful depending on the paper. Interesting! In a recent study, healthy persons vs non-specific low back pain patients demonstrated that two kinds of lumbar belts – extensible and non-extensible - had a beneficial effect on motor control in patients with nonspecific low back pain and thereby may be beneficial in sit-to-stand motion that is vital in everyday living for nonspecific low back pain patients. (8) Exercises to strengthen the extensor muscles and spinal nutrition supplements may also be recommended to support your effort to get rid of and control your non-specific low back pain.
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Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Joseph Beissel on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares the effectiveness and gentleness of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with chronic low back pain.
Make your next Augusta chiropractic appointment with Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic. We work to make specific what we can of your low back pain’s cause as well as its relief.