This entry was posted on Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit their health-care provider in the United States. It is also one of the most costly conditions in the United States when one incorporates the cost of lost time from work, lost productivity in companies who have workers out due to back conditions and the cost of treatment for the back condition. Most low back pain is triggered by some combination of joint dysfunction, muscle strain, overuse, and injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support the spine.

One common and often overlooked cause of lower back pain is trigger points located within the lower back and hip musculature. Trigger points are described as hyperirritable spots in muscle that are associated with palpable nodules of muscle fibers. Trigger points produce pain locally and frequently refer pain to other regions in the body. Acute trauma and repetitive strain, such as repetitive motions at work or poor posture, can cause the formation of trigger points.

These pain producing trigger points which also frequently decrease mobility can be treated through various means including joint manipulation, ultrasound, myofascial release, massage, and drying needling. It is important to find a health-care provider who is knowledgeable in spinal biomechanics and has the skill necessary to find and treat the various causes of low back pain, including trigger points. Chiropractors are uniquely trained in providing care for various back conditions. We utilize the various techniques mentioned above, as well as others, in my Bend Oregon practice to achieve the best possible outcome for each patient and their individual needs.

Disclaimer: The information presented in this blog is for general discussion and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used for the diagnoses or treatment of any disease or condition. It should not serve as a substitute for being evaluated by a certified health care provider. Any information or product discussed on this blog is not a substitute for the care of your physician or other health care provider.