Recently we have had a lot of people stopping into NorthCoast saying I have horrible low back pain. It hurts to go from a sitting to standing position or it hurts to go from a standing to sitting position. I can no longer do my job of laying bricks or sitting at the computer all day. I’m in too much pain!
After taking people on a tour of the office, Dr. Doug sits down for a consultation to figure out how long the problem has been going on for. What activities make the pain worse? How severe is the low back pain? Is there any pain traveling into the legs, are your legs weak? From there we start with a thermal assessment to measure the deep heat coming off of the nerves. Is there a lot of irritation in the nerves of the low back? Depending on what the scan shows and the type of pain people are in would indicate if x-rays are needed. What we often find after taking an x-ray is that people have lost the natural curve in their low back. So instead of our weight being distributed evenly throughout the spine, our weight is being slammed down. The muscles are irritated because they are being stretched and pulled in the wrong direction. Check out the x-ray below. The image on the left is of a normal curve in the low back. The disc spaces are nice and healthy as well. If you look at the image on the right, the vertebra have lost the curvature, it is completely straight.