Studies have shown that about 80% of the population in western countries has experienced low back pain at some point. Many cases resolve themselves within a few weeks, but studies have shown that 60 – 80% of patients will experience recurring low back pain symptoms.
Low Back Pain: Causes and Relief
Often, low back pain is caused when the muscle groups which stabilize the spine (the lumbar paraspinals, lumbar multifidi, and transverse abdominus) are injured or not functioning correctly. Stabilizing and strengthening the spine is key to maintaining a healthy spine and avoiding low back pain. Fortunately, advanced physical therapy and chiropractic care can be very effective in treating low back pain with techniques including therapeutic exercise, mobilization, traction, electric stimulation, ultrasound, therapeutic massage, heat and cold therapy, acupuncture, and patient education on body mechanics and lifting techniques.