Lower Back Pain Specialist

Arash Noor, DC, CCSP, CSCS, EMT-R -  - Chiropractor

BodyPro Chiropractic & Sports Medicine

Arash Noor, DC, CCSP, CSCS, EMT-R

Chiropractor & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Los Angeles, CA

It’s no coincidence that many people make their first appointment with a chiropractor because of lower back pain. Roughly 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time, and it’s the leading cause of disability worldwide. At BodyPro Chiropractic & Sports Medicine in Los Angeles, Dr. Arash Noor partners with his patients to help them overcome back pain and prevent its recurrence.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Like neck pain, back pain is a musculoskeletal disorder. Your back is a complex structure made up of bones, discs, joints, ligaments, muscles, and other tissues. Strained muscles, stressed joints, ruptured, herniated, or bulging discs, and sprained ligaments are common causes of back pain. Poor posture, chronic anxiety or psychological stress, arthritis, and obesity can also cause — or exacerbate — back pain. Other reasons for back pain include osteoporosis, kidney stones, kidney infections, and blood clots.

What’s sciatica?

Sciatica is a distracting pain that begins in the lower back and extends down one or both legs, and typically worsens with periods of sitting or standing. The term sciatica is used because the condition involves the sciatic nerve, a spinal nerve in your lower back. Sciatica happens when a misaligned vertebra or something else impinges on your sciatic nerve.

The discs between the spinal bones of your lower back are often involved in sciatica. Trauma can cause one or more of these discs to bulge. This crowds nearby nerves, causing irritation and inflammation until even minor movements, like coughing and sneezing, trigger pain. If neglected, the nerve irritation may extend down one or both legs along the sciatic nerves. Although this pain — which can become long-term or permanent if left untreated — appears in your leg, it usually originates in your lower back.

How can chiropractic care help?

Pills or muscle relaxers can’t correct the nerve compression caused by a bulging disc, but there’s still hope. Improving joint motion in the lower back with a program of chiropractic adjustments and exercise, along with changes in posture, has had positive results for many people. Chiropractic care has been proven to reduce pain and advance physical therapy efforts, and it doesn’t require bed rest or some other form of passive recovery.