The lower back is one of the most common locations of chronic pain and is one of the more
Common Causes for Lower Back Pain: Pinched Nerves, Sciatica,
Hip and Leg Pain Therapy
At our chiropractic clinic, Dr. Whitehead can offer treatment programs for common causes of lower back pain that include trigger points, accidents and sports injuries, arthritis, obesity, poor posture, stress and several conditions directly related to the lower spine that often lead to pain in the area. Those conditions include subluxations, or a misalignment of bones in the spine, herniated discs, which are bulging or ruptured discs, and sprains, strains and muscle spasms. Sprains, strains and spasms are often caused by overworking the ligaments and muscles in the area which can result in pain, swelling and tightness due to small tears in the tissues. Subluxations and herniated discs can lead to the pinched nerves that cause sciatica, hip pain and leg pain in addition to pain in the lower back.
A misaligned spine is a common cause for back pain as the misaligned vertebrae can be pressing down on nerves. A pinched nerve can result in sciatica, hip pain and leg pain, all of which our chiropractor in Austin, Dr. Wendee Whitehead has effectively treated.
Treatment For Low Back Pain Relief in Austin
The initial appointment begins with a comprehensive, in-depth examination, a detailed history of the injury or condition, functional testing if needed and evaluation. Dr. Whitehead utilizes these assessment tools to pinpoint the cause of the pain or discomfort, and then determine the course and method of treatment. Treatment methods in Austin may include rehabilitation and strengthening, The Gonstead Technique, Upper Cervical Care, Activator Methods, the Thompson Terminal Point Technique or the Cox-Flexion Distraction table, to name a few.
The techniques Dr. Whitehead employs are designed to adjust the spine and correct the underlying problem by using the proper adjustment method. Adjustments are one of the most common treatments for lower back pain in Austin that can often result in immediate relief and an eradication of related symptoms. One of the techniques our chiropractor uses is The Gonstead Technique, which employs extensive testing and evaluation to determine the weak link requiring adjustment. Dr. Whitehead is one of only a handful of chiropractors in Austin using this technique, despite the amazing results. Depending on the cause of the weak link, Dr. Whitehead may also use Thompson Terminal Point, which uses a special drop table or Activator Methods, which employs use of a small hand tool for precise adjustments.
Adjustments are effective because they realign the spine which, in turn, relieves pressure on nerves that may have been causing sciatica, hip pain and leg pain. Additionally, Dr. Whitehead is Board Certified in Rehabilitation and Strengthening. For lower back pain patients, once Dr. Whitehead has been able to alleviate the pain through specific adjustments, she may design a custom strengthening program to improve the core muscle group. The core muscles help support the upper and lower back and a strong core can minimize the recurrence of lower back pain.
Call Our Low Back Pain Doctors in Austin Today!
Studies of patients suffering with pain over eight weeks for their first episode of low back pain indicates the pain will most likely persist for over a year. (See Pain, 1997; 73:213-21)
Dr. Wendee Whitehead D.C. has developed a gentle, effective system to restore normal function to the spine and relieve pain.
According to Dr. Whitehead, “The study in the journal pain was based on patients receiving no treatment. We have excellent results with patients under eight weeks and with patients over eight weeks. It makes sense that if the cause of the patient’s pain is not corrected the pain will persist. We identify the underlying problem and then we correct it. That is why our patients relieve their pain, restore their function and return to their life. If you would like to learn how Dr. Whitehead can help you get out of pain call 512-451-0115 to schedule an appointment!