Most common low back injuries we see in our Overland Park chiropractor office:
- Lumbar Sprain/Strain
- Lumbar Disc Pain/ Sciatica
- Lumbar Facet Syndrome
The term "sprain" means that the ligaments that hold your bones together have been damaged, while "strain" means that your muscles or tendons that move your trunk have been partially torn.
- Sudden or forceful movements like a fall, twist, lift, or quickly straightening up from a seated, crouched, or bent position.
- Most commonly, sprains and strains are not the result of any single event, but rather from repeated overloading.
- Examples of these stressors include bad postures, sedentary lifestyles, poor-fitting workstations, repetitive movements, or improper lifting.
- You may need to limit your activity for a while, especially bending, twisting, and lifting, or movements that cause pain.
- Bed rest is not in your best interest, you should remain active and return to normal activities as your symptoms allow.
- The short-term use of a lumbar support belt may be helpful.
- Sitting makes your back temporarily more vulnerable to sprains and strains from sudden or unexpected movements.
A disc is made up of two basic components.
- The inner disc, called the "nucleus", is like a ball of jelly about the size of a marble.
- This jelly is held in place by the outer part of the disc called the "annulus", which is wrapped around the inner nucleus much like a ribbon wrapping around your finger.
- Sensory disturbances that radiate into the buttock or lower extremity, sometimes below the knee.
- Testicular pain is a possible consequence of lumbar disc herniation.
- Symptoms worse the next day after injury
- Lumbar flexion range between 0 and 30°
- Centralize symptoms
- Reduce pain & inflammation
- Decrease mechanical compression
- Improve functional core stability.
The diagnosis of "facet syndrome" means that your facet joints have become irritated and inflamed.
- Pain on one side of your back that may radiate into your flank, hip, and thigh
- Pain may come and go.
- Pain may increase when you arch backward or return to an upright position after bending forward.
- Relief when lying down.
- Symptoms of facet syndrome do not usually radiate past your knee.