While low back pain is a common problem, it doesn’t have to be a common part of everyday life. Chiropractors advise staying as active as possible and sticking to a normal routine, since bed rest for longer than a few days can actually slow down recovery. Most low back pain is not serious; much of the time it is caused by overuse, strain, or injury. Rarely, low back pain is caused by a more serious condition such as a herniated disc or osteoarthritis. If pain lasts more than a few days or gets worse, it may be advisable to make an appointment with a chiropractor.
By determining the cause of a patient’s low back pain, chiropractors get to the source of the problem and develop a treatment plan, which may include a combination of exercises to strengthen the back, manipulation to realign the spine, improve mobility of joints and soft tissues, and education about how to take better care of the back to relieve pain in the long term.