Low back pain is one of the most common problems people have and is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old. About 70% of the adult U.S. population has low back pain, and it is the second most common reason people go to the doctor.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Tenderness, pain, and stiffness in the lower back
Pain that spreads down the buttocks
Discomfort while sitting
Weakness and tired legs while walking
Difficulty sitting, standing, walking.
What Causes It?
Most back pain is caused by muscle imbalances, from your feet, knees, hips, abdomen and back regions or injury from straining to lift, twist, or bending. Chronic muscle imbalance leads to spinal imbalances which can irritate the spinal joints, discs and even nerves. If you leave imbalances for years you will create degenerative disc disease, nerve entrapment, loss of mobility, and chronic inflammation.When the pain goes down the leg or arm we call it a radiculopathy which means there is a radiating nerve pain. In the leg it is frequently sciatica . Risk factors for back pain include age, smoking, overweight, anxiety or depression, either doing heavy physical work or sedentary work.
What to Expect at Our Office
Usually we can diagnose your back pain with a physical exam. Our office has been treating back pain patients for over 30 years. Imbalances in the feet, knees, legs and hips greatly affects the way the pelvis and thus how the spine works. Often the lower back locks up because it can no longer compensate for what is going on all around it. When it is allowed to stay locked up the discs start to dehydrate and it leads to degenerative disc disease. This is not a mystery. In the chiropractic field we use the term subluxation as a designation of a vertebrae that no longer moves correctly that will irritate the nervous system. Your initial visit will include a consultation so that we can understand the origin and genesis of your complaints. Your initial exam will include a posture analysis, range of motion testing, spinal reflex testing, neurologic examination, muscle testing and pain pattern location response to vibration, light touch or a pinprick. Depending on what we find other tests may include an Diagnostic Ultrasound, X-ray, magnetic resonance image (MRI) scan, done density scan, or computed tomography (CT) scan. Blood pressure is taken in the sitting and standing position to evaluate your bodies ability to adapt, oxygen rate and pulse, and any other tests that are specific to your condition. As you can see Dr. Kelberman is well known for his thoroughness.
As an office that specializes in Chiropractic Kinesiology, our focus is to restore normal muscle function and balance, thus restoring normal body movement, thus which restores normal spinal movements.
General Rules for exercising with sore or injured muscles
If you hurt bending backwards, mostly likely you have stressed and inflamed the spinal joints or discs. Forward bending can help relieve that problem. In other words, if you hurt going backwards only train going forwards for a while. This is when strengthening your core and abdominal muscles will really help your pain. You should lie down and bring your knees to your chest (usually feels really good). If you hurt bending forward most likely you have injured muscles and you should not stretch forward. avoid sitting and driving and train going backwards for a while. This is when actually strengthening your back will relieve the pain.
General Rules for Exercising
Know your limits. If you are just starting back into any exercise you must allow at least a day if not more to recover (if you are older you will need more recovery time). Remember, exercise tears muscles down and the body responds by building it back up. This usually occurs during your sleep. You must get adequate sleep or you will in effect over training and weaken your body. If you are going to be working out more than twice per week it is usually a good idea to vary your workout so as to give certain body parts time to recover while you can train other parts. On days where you may max out certain groups you may want to rest that part for a week!
General Nutrition and Dietary Supplements
There is no special diet for back pain, however most pain comes from inflammation. Diets that are high in inflaming foods will prolong or prevent your recovery. The worst inflammatory foods are: SUGAR, grains, alcohol, chemical preservatives, colorings, MSG and dairy. If you have a history of constipation then beef is NOT a good food for you. And of course stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using sea salts or electrolytes to replace minerals that are lost through sweat while exercising. Do not use tuna fish for a daily protein source. It has much too much mercury and should be used very sparingly. We recommend you buy organic fruits and vegetables. Non organic produce has significantly more chemical, pesticides and toxic elements. They are available everywhere now. GMO’s also known as genetically modified foods can have a covert effect on your immune system. In order to genetically modify foods the manufacturers use a virus. These virus are being allowed into our food system by the FDA. Sensitive people will react very badly to these foods. Whether it’s a digestive or mal absorptive syndrome or a hypothyroid for example.