The lower back is also called the lumbar region of the spine. The lumbar spine is what carries the weight of our entire upper body, plus biomechanical stresses that occur with movement. Do you know that our lumbar spine has five vertebrae—backbones? Each back vertebra has a large disc – cushiony gel wrapped in a tough membrane. Each vertebra also has two cartilage-lined facet joints on its backside. Your lower back also includes ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Tendons attach muscles to the vertebrae.

Lower back pain, how long does it last?

It can be acute, chronic, or subacute. An acute episode of lower back pain usually lasts a few days to 4 weeks. Subacute lower back pain can last between 4 to 12 weeks. However, most people that have acute back pain often develop chronic back pain and this can last for 12 weeks or longer.

What are the common causes?

Most times, back pain causes are viewed as being organic, mechanical, or idiopathic.

Often, mechanical back pain is triggered by spinal movement and it involves spinal structures, such as intervertebral discs, the facet joints, vertebral bodies, soft tissues, or ligaments, muscles. Organic back pain instead is a disease, such as spinal cancer.

Finally, Idiopathic pain refers to an unknown cause.

Treatment with chiropractic 

It can be relieved with chiropractic. Chiropractic can be a way to relieve and manage swelling and pain caused by back pain. Routine chiropractic care is a safe treatment for patients with pain, it’s a non-addictive and non-invasive alternative prescription for over-the-counter pain medications (OTCs), commonly prescribed to patients for their pain and swelling. Chiropractors deliver non-invasive, non-addictive, and gentle therapy, known as a chiropractic adjustment.

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