They say no man is an island, yet living with chronic low back pain and sciatica can make you feel isolated and alone in your never-ending pain. But you’re actually in the same crowded boat with a lot of people:
About 31 million of your fellow Americans also suffer from low back pain.
Unfortunately, most of them don’t seek and get the treatment they need, or they rely on harmful prescriptions for temporary relief from their pain.
Dr. Matthew DeFroda at reNu Medical & Injury Center knows there’s a better way to treat your back pain. Our board-certified chiropractic physician offers the chiropractic care you need to find true, lasting relief from your low back pain.
An overview of back pain
Your low back has a big job to do each day, as it’s responsible for holding up the majority of your upper body weight. With so much daily weight-bearing, it’s no wonder your low back is a common source of injury and chronic pain.
There are two main types of low back pain: general low back pain and sciatica.
Low back pain
Low back pain is an umbrella term that encompasses all of the painful injuries and conditions that afflict your low back. The most common causes of low back pain include everything from strains and sprains to arthritis and spinal deformities.
While the causes of low back pain are varied, they often present similarly. You feel symptoms like persistent aching, stiffness, sharp pain, and difficulty standing if you suffer from low back pain.
Sciatica is different from general low back pain because it stems from compression or pinching of your sciatic nerve. It also causes slightly different symptoms. For example, sciatica pain often radiates from your low back down into your buttocks and one leg.
No matter what’s at the source of your back pain, Dr. DeFroda has a treatment option for you.
Chiropractic care for your back pain
Chiropractic care isn’t just manual manipulations. It encompasses a wide range of treatments and therapies that treat your low back pain and sciatica differently.
Here’s a closer look at our chiropractic care techniques.
Misalignment in your spine is a common cause of both low back pain and sciatica because it makes your spine vulnerable to injury and nerve damage.
When misalignment is the culprit, Dr. DeFroda uses the Thompson drop technique. This technique involves a specialized table that enhances the force that Dr. DeFroda exerts on your spine during manual manipulations.
With your spine realigned, your nerves are free to operate correctly, and the muscles in your back don’t have to work as hard to hold up your body weight.
This is another chiropractic technique that focuses on alignment issues. This form of spinal manipulation uses high-velocity, low amplitude force to restore correct alignment in your spine and help you feel less pain.
Other chiropractic techniques
Manual manipulations aren’t always the only answer to your back pain. Dr. DeFroda often recommends other chiropractic care therapies for your treatment plan to replace or complement manipulations.
Depending on your needs, he suggests the following treatments:
- Ultrasound therapy
- Cold laser therapy
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulations (TENS)
- A low back brace
- Massage therapy
Each of these treatments addresses a different source of low back pain by either relieving muscle tension or targeting malfunctioning nerves that send pain signals.