Back Pain & Sciatica
More than 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. That’s due to the fact that the vertebrae (bones) in the lumbar region (the lower back) – which are the largest bones in your spine and support the weight of your upper body – are forced to endure powerful forces from such actions as bending, lifting, and twisting. As a result, your lower back is more susceptible to painful injuries or conditions.
Depending on its underlying cause, back pain resulting from a sports injury or overexertion can range from relatively mild to severe and last for only a few days or linger for months. On top of that, the pain can worsen during other activities, such as walking, standing, or sitting for long periods of time, or when bending and lifting.
Because the lumbar area of the spine is a complex network of muscles, ligaments, bones, and nerves, damage to any of these structures can produce low back pain in the form of:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated or ruptured discs
- Slipped vertebrae (spondylolisthesis)
- Spinal stenosis
- Sprains and strains
- Stress fracture (spondylolysis)
Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the human body that branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each of your legs. It most commonly occurs when a part of the nerve is compressed by a herniated disk, a bone spur on the spine, or the narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis). Besides causing inflammation and pain, sciatica is often accompanied by some numbness in the affected leg.
At Reagan Integrated Sports Medicine, our highly trained and experienced chiropractic specialists can help relieve your back or sciatica pain.
First, we review your medical history and assess your symptoms. Next, we perform a physical examination that tests your range of motion as well as reflex and nerve responses to pinpoint the source of your pain. With access to a wide range of diagnostic tools, we can diagnose and assess the extent of any damage and recommend appropriate therapy.
Low Back Pain Treatment in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
You don’t have to tolerate acute or chronic back pain – especially if it keeps you on the sidelines or prevents you from participating in the athletic activities you enjoy – when the professionals at Reagan Integrated Sports Medicine can get you back in the game and feeling better than ever. So, call us today at (972) 503-7272 to arrange a consultation or fill out our convenient Request an Appointment form.