Low back pain is one of the most common complaints of patients coming into the office. Up to 80% of all people will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives. Lower back pain is so common because we sit for hours and hours, typically with poor posture. Our bodies and joints are meant to move, so the lack of movement creates stress on the spine leading to misalignments and fixations within the joints. When the joints are not aligned properly and unable to function as they should, it puts pressure on the spinal nerves leading to inflammation and pain.
Pain is typically the last thing to show up. By the time you’re feeling pain, the wear and tear on your spine and spinal discs (the spaces between the bones) has been going on for years. When left untreated, the bones of the spine begin to wear down and degenerate, which then causes the thinning of the spaces between the bones and compression of the nerves. This is a progressive process, so it is best to have this treated as soon as possible.