Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain

Low Back pain (Lumbago) – the most common job related disability. Can be acute (less than a month), sub-acute (1-3 months) or chronic (greater than 3 months). The majority of low back pain sufferers stem from musculoskeletal problems. As always, most people bear with their pain until it catches up with them that eventually they have to see the doctor. Manual-thrust manipulation, performed by chiropractic physicians achieves a greater short term reduction in pain compared with common medical treatments (Schneider M et al. Comparison of Spinal Manipulation Methods and Usual Medical Care for Acute and Subacute Low back Pain 2015, Vol. 40 No. 4 pp 209-217. Some common causes of low back pain are


  1. Muscle Strain that is usually followed by heavy lifting or exercising too hard. It can radiate diffuse pain that goes down to the buttocks
  2. Lumbar Spondylosis: also known as lumbar osteoarthritis is a common condition leading to wear of tear of the cartilage and bony spurs in the lumbar spine usually as a result of the ageing process and poor biomechanics and alignment of the lumbar spine and pelvis. As a result it can cause dehydrated spinal disks or herniated disks that can all place pressure, interfere and irritate the nerves causing a “pins & needles” or a “lightning” sensation that travels down the leg and to the foot
  3. Sciatica can mimic muscle strain but often the pain starts from the buttock and runs down the leg and at time into the foot
  4. Herniated Disc can happen without you knowing about it but when it happens, you’ll typically feel the most intense pain in your buttocks, thigh and calf and often hurts more when you cough or sneeze
  5. Sacroiliac Joint Pain starts around the SI joint and feel it more towards one side of your lower back. Can be worse in the morning and eases up as the day progresses and pain at times can mimic sciatica or radiate to the groin and hips. Usually as a result of poor mechanics or misaligned pelvis

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April 28, 2016