LAVACA COUNTY
CHIROPRACTIC

‘Back Pain’

Can Surgery Fix Your Back Problem?

Bottom Line:
Over 90% of us will experience back pain during our life. Thankfully, less than 5% will need surgery. So, why are so many operations being performed? Does surgery even fix a back problem? You may be surprised to learn that an enormous number of back surgeries don’t give patients long-term relief. Overlooking less invasive, conservative care options is often not a good idea and can result in a poor surgical outcome. In the medical world, this is known as “failed back surgery syndrome.”

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The Low Back: Your Foundational Core

Bottom Line:
Your core is made up of the groups of muscles that provide stability in the abdominal and lower back regions. It includes your abs and the deep muscles that surround and support your spine. These muscles also coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and spine. Ideally, your core and low back work together in a balance of strength and flexibility. A lack of flexibility or strength in your core can contribute to low back pain.

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Treating Low Back Pain

Bottom Line:
Restrictions and limited mobility of your lower back may be causing your pain. If your low back doesn’t have a full range of motion, then you are setting it up for future injuries. Bending forward and back (flexion/extension), side bending (lateral flexion), and turning side to side (rotation) are the three movements that make up a full range of motion. You have to use it, or you’ll lose it. Neglecting your lower back and not actively improving and maintaining a full range of motion can cause restrictions, deconditioning and increase your chance of injury.

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The Top Causes of Low Back Pain

Bottom Line:
It’s been estimated that over 90% of us will deal with low back pain at some point in our life. So, you may be wondering why. What causes most of us to deal with lower back pain? How we move our body, previous injuries, and the habits we do (or don’t do) each day can play a huge role in either increasing or decreasing your risk of an aching back.

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