Low back pain is one of the most common reasons to visit a chiropractor, affecting up to 80% of the population at some point in life. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study (2013), low back pain is considered the top leading cause of years lived with disability globally.
There are many potential pain contributors within your back. This can include the joints between the vertebrae in your spine, the capsule that surrounds each joint, ligaments, tendons, muscles, the discs that are between the vertebrae in your spine, and even nerves can become irritated or compressed to give symptoms.
Each case of low back pain is unique and may have one or a combination of sources causing symptoms. Numerous symptoms can present, such as sharp pain, dull ache, stiffness, numbness, tingling, etc. The location of the symptoms can vary: on one side or both sides of your back, into your buttocks, or even down your leg.
When you visit a chiropractor, they will ask different questions and perform different tests to try determine the source of your pain (eg. disc), as well as the cause of the injury. This can be a one off event such as lifting improperly or a culmination of events that is typical with an overuse injury. The exam will also help the chiropractor rule out non-musculoskeletal causes of back pain. If this is the case, the chiropractor will refer you to the appropriate healthcare professional.
Dr. Judith McCann has been living in York Region for over 15 years. After going to Queen's University in Kingston for Kinesiology, and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto to become a chiropractor, she decided to move back and open Haptic Health and Chiropractic in Newmarket. In February 2017, Haptic Health and Chiropractic moved 10 minutes up the road to Sharon in East Gwillimbury.