low back pain title - Routley Chiropractic


Low back pain - usually considered pain below the rib cage down to, or just below, the belt-line area.  About 80% of Americans will suffer from low back pain at least once in their life. Some researchers estimate that 15-30% of the U.S. population suffer from some type of back pain each year, most commonly the low back.

There can be many sources of low back pain. Muscle strain, tendon sprain, muscle tension, poor posture, weak muscles, over-used muscles, direct trauma, disease, disc problems, arthritis (yes people with arthritis can and should be adjusted - properly), swollen ligaments, a loss of or improper joint motion, all these things and many more can be the cause of low back pain. All of these things can lead to a situation in the spine that Chiropractor’s call “Subluxation” - improper position, alignment or motion of one vertebra in relation to a vertebra above or below it, or both, which leads to nerve irritation or interference. This nerve interference leads to pain. Do the conditions above lead to Subluxation, or does Subluxation lead to the conditions above? To some extent it is the “Which came first, the chicken or the egg” question. To the person who suffers from low back pain, the only question they want answered is “What can be done to make the pain go away?”

Chiropractors utilize a skill called an adjustment, or some call it spinal manipulation, to correct Subluxation and relieve the nerve irritation or interference. Adjustments help vertebra align or move more in harmony with the vertebra above and/or below it. Once the vertebral motion is improved, the nerve interference is removed, and the nerve functions properly - no more pain, or whatever other symptoms the irritated nerve may be producing.

A great many research studies have recently found Chiropractic manipulation or adjustments to be superior to other forms of treatment.  In fact, the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) empanelled a group of medical specialists who performed an exhaustive study of current research and then recommended treating the pain of most acute low back problems with spinal manipulation in the first four weeks of symptoms.
Another of their recommendations is to return to normal activity as soon as possible.

The AHCPR has been further quoted as reporting: “Doctors of Chiropractic have the most extensive education and the most practical experience of all health care professionals who perform spinal manipulation.  A recent survey entitled; Manipulation in the Curricula of Chiropractic, Osteopathic, Physical Therapy and Medical Schools, showed that Doctors of Chiropractic receive an average of 563 total hours of preparation and practical training in the various aspects of manipulation technique. In contrast, Doctors of Osteopathy receive an average total of 146 hours, Medical Doctors receive no training in manipulation, and Physical Therapists, who do not employ spinal manipulation but perform what is called ‘joint mobilization‘, receive no experience in spinal manipulation during their formal education.”

Dr. Routley says, “Provided the initial evaluation does not reveal any contra-indications, I begin manipulation on the first visit for patients with low back pain. I often recommend a regiment of 15-20 minutes of heat to the low back, followed by 15 minutes of walking, and ending with 5-8 minutes of ice in the acute stages. This plan of recovery is modified as symptoms dictate.”  (see hot or cold under treatments)

As symptoms improve, Dr. Routley adds a home exercise program to the healing process which not only aids in the healing but also helps to prevent the re-occurrence of the problem. “I will help you discover what it is that truly leads to your low back problem. Then we can discuss ways you can keep the low back pain from returning.”

“When I help you feel better, you will tell your family and friends how good you feel. Then I will get an opportunity to help them feel better as well. That is the joy of being a Chiropractor.”, says Dr. Routley.


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