Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In the United States alone, an estimated 80% of adults suffer lower back pain during their lifetimes — and it has the power to keep you from enjoying your life.
Maybe you can’t sit still at your desk because of nagging back pain. Maybe you’ve started avoiding some of those household chores because you can’t bend like you once could. Or maybe, you’re foregoing some of your favorite activities, like hiking or golf, because they make your pain worse.
You don’t have to let lower back pain limit your happiness. Takura Tela, DC and our team at True Kings (TK) Healthcare specialize in treating lower back pain with chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and other noninvasive options.
If you’ve noticed your favorite activities are causing you pain, it’s time to find out what you can do about it.
Recognizing when back pain limits your life
Lower back pain is extremely common, but it isn’t always easy to know if your pain warrants expert care. As a general rule, minor strains should start feeling better within a few days of your injury.
If you notice the pain lingering more than one or two days or it gets worse after the injury, you shouldn’t ignore it. Untreated back injuries can worsen over time, eventually restricting your daily activities and your quality of life.
Signs that you could benefit from chiropractic care for lower back pain include:
- Pain that doesn’t go away with rest
- Pain when sitting for long periods
- Pain when standing for long periods
- Pain at night
- Limited flexibility in your back
Any type of lingering back pain should be evaluated by a professional. But since 90% of back pain cases improve within six weeks, it’s particularly important to seek care if your pain lasts longer than that.
The longer you wait to find treatment for your lower back pain, the longer you’re held back from doing the activities you love.
Find relief from lower back pain
Don’t let back pain creep into your life. If you’ve noticed yourself limiting your daily activities to avoid flare-ups, Dr. Tela can help you get back to your favorite hobbies with less pain.
Your back pain treatment begins with a full exam and consultation. Let us know if your back pain is fairly new or if it’s something you’ve been living with for months or even years. No matter how long you’ve been suffering with lower back pain, we review your symptoms and evaluate your spine to determine what’s causing it.
Some of the most common causes of lower back pain are herniated discs, arthritis, and sciatica, but there are many possible causes. Some people have complex diagnoses that involve more than one back issue.
Dr. Tela creates a personalized treatment plan for your needs, which could include:
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic adjustments
- At-home exercises
- Lifestyle modifications
In many cases, chiropractic adjustments offer immediate pain relief. Some patients may benefit from a series of treatments to improve musculoskeletal alignment and continue reducing their pain.
Depending on your lifestyle, Dr. Tela can recommend lifestyle adjustments or targeted stretches and exercises to help you safely return to your favorite activities. He may suggest strengthening exercises for specific sports or ways to reduce pain and improve your posture when sitting at your desk.
Is lower back pain holding you back? Make an appointment at True Kings (TK) Healthcare. Call our office at 301-200-1305, or book online now.