Lower Back Pain
Degenerative Joint Disorder
Degenerative joint disorder (aka degenerative joint disease, DJD, or osteoarthritis) is
a condition in which the smooth surface of a joint, designed to glide and pivot on one
another, become rough and jagged, producing boney outgrowths know as osteophytes.
Contrary to popular belief, this condition is not a normal part of the aging process.
Degeneration only occurs as a result of improper function. In a joint, this is caused
by a few external factors, but mostly can be identified as the result of too much joint
motion wearing the bone away, or too little motion causing the bone to improperly grow.
Although DJD cannot be fully reversed, treatment can stop it from progressing and
eliminate its symptoms.
Lumbar Disc Herniation
In between every lumbar vertebra is a soft shock-absorbing disc. The disc is made of
fibrous outer layer with a gelatinous core. Under certain circumstances, an injury can
occur to the disc that causes the gelatinous core to force a bulge out of the fibrous outer
layer. This is known as a disc herniation. Aside from causing local pain, a bulging
or herniated disc can compress the nerves coming out of your spinal cord, leading to
numbness, tingling, weakness, or pain in your extremities. Treatment involves therapy
that resorbs the herniated disc and reduces pressure from the nerves.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease (aka degenerative disc disorder DDD) is a condition in which
the soft shock-absorbing discs in between your vertebra deteriorate. It is commonly
associated with degenerative joint disease, and similarly is not a normal part of the aging
process. Degeneration only occurs as a result of improper function. In the disc, this is
caused by a few external factors, but mostly can be identified as the result of too much
joint motion wearing the disc away, or too little joint motion causing the disc to whither
and dry up. Although degenerative disc disease cannot be fully reversed, treatment can
stop it from progressing and eliminate its symptoms.
Lumbar Facet Syndrome
The back of every vertebra has four small joints that help guide the independent vertebra
within its range of motion. These joints are called facets. Under certain circumstances,
these facets can compress one another essentially causing a "bone bruise". Most people
experience pain, muscle spasms, and limited range of motion as a result to this kind of
injury. Although facet syndrome can be debilitating, curing this condition is simple and
involves chiropractic therapy and exercises.
Sciatica (Radicular Pain)
Radicular pain refers to pain that originates from a nerve. Radicular pain ranges from a
sharp stabbing pain to the sensation of numbness or tingling that typically goes down an
extremity. With nerve irritation, muscular weakness can even develop. The only cure to
radicular pain is to identify the source of the nerve irritation and remove it.
Sprain / Strain
Muscular strains and ligamentous sprains of the lower back are very common, however,
the pain they cause and the limitations they endure on daily activities can be debilitating.
Apply the proper therapy to injured soft tissues can reduce injury time drastically.
Stenosis is a condition in which the bones that form a ring around your spinal cord
overgrow. The danger of this condition is that the bones could start to invade the
limited space your spinal cord is provided, leading to neural suffocation and ultimately
causing paralysis if left untreated. Although chiropractic therapy does not truly treat the
condition of spinal stenosis, in many cases it has proven to be effective in reducing the
symptoms caused by it, and in some cases has shown to stop it progression. Surgery
should be a last resort only for those with severe cases.