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Lower Back Pain Specialist

Arbor Vitae Wellness

Chiropractic & Wellness Center located in Santa Monica, CA

Perhaps surprisingly, lower back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. The highly skilled Chiropractors, Naturopathic doctors, Acupuncturists, and massage therapists at Arbor Vitae Wellness Center in Santa Monica, California, take a whole-person approach to treating your lower back pain and its underlying causes. The team offers natural, nonsurgical, effective therapeutic methods so you can return to your active lifestyle without downtime or dependency on prescription drugs. Call the lower back pain specialists at Arbor Vitae Wellness Center or schedule a consultation online today.

Lower Back Pain Q&A

What causes lower back pain?

Sometimes a simple activity or movement like picking up a child can cause sudden lower back pain. Other times, a sports injury, a car accident, or a fall can leave your muscles feeling stiff and painful. Additionally, obesity, poor posture, or ruptured discs in your spine may all contribute to lower back pain.

Twisting your body while lifting something heavy may result in an initial sharp pain that becomes persistent if left untreated. Moving furniture and lifting heavy objects are common causes of injuries that result in lower back pain. Intense pain in your lower back may also be a sign of an internal illness, such as:

  • Kidney stones
  • An infection
  • Digestive problems within your gastrointestinal tract
  • A problem with your reproductive organs

The team at Arbor Vitae Wellness Center considers all these areas of concern and carefully examines your spine. They may also request X-rays or medical tests to rule out serious conditions. The team of specialists takes a whole-person approach to your health, so if they do find an underlying health issue, they employ a multidisciplinary treatment protocol to address all of your concerns, while alleviating symptoms.

What are the symptoms of lower back pain?

Although they vary for each individual, some of the most common lower back pain symptoms include:

  • Pain when sitting down for a long period
  • A constant dull, achy feeling in the lower back
  • Tightness or stiffness in your muscles
  • Pain that radiates from your back down one leg
  • Muscle spasms in your hips, pelvis, or lower back
  • Difficulty standing up straight or walking

If your symptoms come on suddenly for no apparent reason, especially after the age of 50, or if your family has a history of arthritis or cancer, contact your health care provider as soon as possible.

How does the team treat lower back pain without medication?

Once the doctors determine the underlying cause of your lower back pain, they customize a multidisciplinary treatment plan to relieve your specific symptoms. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Physical therapies and stretching exercises
  • Natural supplements
  • Dietary and lifestyle changes to maintain a healthy weight

As you build muscle strength, heal an injury, or gain flexibility, lower back pain symptoms typically decrease over time. If you’re dealing with a musculoskeletal issue, regular Chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy can help keep your back healthy long term.

If you suffer from lower back pain, know there’s something you can do about it that doesn’t involve surgery or medications. Call the holistic health care team at Arbor Vitae Wellness Center or schedule an appointment online.