Although pain in the lower back may sound like a simple-to-diagnose issue, uncovering the cause of the problem often takes experience that only a skilled chiropractor can offer. If your pain is affecting your productivity or quality of life, however, you can attempt to figure out the basic problem yourself before going in for an adjustment. There may be some at-home exercises you can do to reduce your pain before your chiropractor begins to fix any muscle or bone alignment issues that are causing it. In this article, you'll find some of the information you need to figure out where your pain is coming from so you can find appropriate exercises to try.
Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is a common ailment with many possible causes. This pain typically sits above the hips and tailbone and is often centered on the spine. It may be aggravated upon sitting, standing, or otherwise changing positions. If you have been in a recent accident, it's likely that your lower back pain is true spinal pain. However, if your pain isn't acute or you haven't sustained any recent or back-related injuries, what feels like lower back pain may be related to other parts of your body, such as your SI joints or your hips. When it comes to very ambiguous lower back pain, only a chiropractor or doctor will be able to accurately determine its cause.
No human body is perfectly symmetrical, and this isn't typically a problem. However, for those with one leg that is much longer than the other, hip misalignment is a serious concern. If you are relatively young and fit but still experience back, hip, or thigh pain, your hips could be misaligned. Hip misalignment can also affect those who have had total hip replacements or other surgical procedures. If your hips are misaligned, you will likely need to develop a consistent treatment plan with a chiropractor in order to prevent the worst outcomes of this condition and effectively manage your pain.
SI Joint Pain
The SI joints, or sacroiliac joints, connect the tailbone to the hips. The ligaments connecting these bones are so strong that once the tailbone is moved out of alignment, it can take serious effort to realign it. If you recently fell on your tailbone or you have a history of weak ligaments or muscles, your SI joints may not be able to keep your tailbone in its proper place. If your tailbone is out of alignment, you may feel pain in your lower back, hips, buttocks, or thighs. A chiropractic adjustment may be required to realign your SI joints, but you may be able to alleviate some of your pain with at-home exercises before your appointment. If your SI joint pain is chronic, you will likely need consistent chiropractic care to manage your pain.
To learn more about the causes of lower back pain, contact a chiropractor in your area.