Lower back pain is the single largest cause of disability the world over, and nearly 31 million Americans suffer from lower back pain at any given time. Despite its prevalence, lower back pain remains a treatable chronic condition in many cases. At Peninsula Spine and Sports Rehabilitation in Burlingame, California, Dr. Rommel Hindocha, DC QME, specializes in a variety of treatment options to ease your pain and restore your mobility. To learn more about your treatment options, call Dr. Hindocha to schedule your consultation or book online.
Lower back pain is one of the most common causes of disability for good reason – a host of conditions can result in this kind of back pain, including:
Lower back pain that only lasts a brief amount of time is called acute back pain, while back pain that lasts six months or longer is considered chronic back pain.
Though you’re likely to experience some form of lower back pain at least once in your life, there are some risk factors that can put you at greater risk for regular bouts of acute back pain, or long-term chronic lower back pain:
As you get older, particularly after the age of 30, your risk for lower back pain increases.
Extra weight or being obese puts additional pressure on your spine, which can lead to instances of lower back pain.
Slouching and sitting at a desk for many hours without proper posture can put pressure on the spine and back muscles.
Lifting with your back instead of your knees can lead to back pain.
Certain diseases, such as arthritis and types of cancer, can degrade or put pressure on the spine, leading to lower back pain.
The treatment Dr. Hindocha provides for your lower back pain depends on the source of your pain along with certain preferences you might have for recovery. Treatments generally fall into a few approaches:
Using the VAX-D spinal decompression system, Dr. Hindocha will place you on an FDA cleared table that provides controlled stretching to helps correct disc herniations and reduce inflammation in your lower back
Certain kinds of lower back pain, particularly acute cases of pain, respond well to over-the-counter pain relievers and muscle relaxants. Dr. Hindocha can refer for a specialist consultation with an Orthopedist, pain management specialist or Neurologist.
Gentle stretching and exercise go a long way toward improving your lower back pain and restoring your mobility. Dr. Hindocha will help create a program that you can perform outside of the office to supplement your other treatments.
Regular massage treatment in your lower back muscles can help reduce inflammation and increase mobility.
If you’re tired of chronic lower back pain slowing you down, let Dr. Hindocha provide his expertise. Call Peninsula Spine and Sports Rehabilitation to schedule your consultation or book online.
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