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Low Back Pain: A Common Condition Sports Chiropractors Can Help Treat

Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions affecting people

of all ages. In fact, it is estimated that up to 80% of adults will experience low back pain

at some point in their lives. 25% of chronic low back pain does not heal on its own. For athletes and active individuals, low back pain can be particularly debilitating, impact performance and impact overall quality of life.


The Prevalence of Low Back Pain

Low back pain can stem from a variety of causes, including:

● Muscle strains or sprains

● Disc herniation or degeneration

● Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)

● Osteoarthritis

● Spondylolisthesis (vertebral misalignment)


Regardless of the underlying cause, low back pain can significantly impact an individual's ability to participate in sports, exercise, and daily activities.


How Sports Chiropractors Can Help

Sports chiropractors are uniquely qualified to treat low back pain in athletes and active individuals. Through a combination of chiropractic adjustments, manual therapy

techniques, and targeted rehabilitation exercises, sports chiropractors can help alleviate

pain, improve mobility, and prevent future injuries.


Chiropractic Adjustments or Manipulations

Chiropractic adjustments are a cornerstone of chiropractic care. By applying controlled

force to specific areas of the spine, chiropractors can restore proper motion and

improve joint function.


Manual Therapy

Sports chiropractors also employ various manual therapy techniques, such as soft

tissue massage, myofascial release, dry needling, cupping, IASTM and joint

mobilization. These techniques can help reduce muscle tension, improve range of

motion, and promote healing in the affected areas.


Rehabilitation or Therapeutic Exercises

In addition to hands-on treatments, sports chiropractors often prescribe specific

rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the core and supporting muscles, improve

flexibility and mobility, and enhance overall spinal stability. These exercises can help prevent future episodes of low back pain and improve athletic performance.


The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Low Back Pain

By addressing the underlying causes of low back pain and promoting proper spinal

function, chiropractic care can offer numerous benefits for athletes and active

individuals, including:

● Reduced pain and inflammation

● Improved mobility and range of motion

● Enhanced athletic performance

● Faster recovery from injuries

● Decreased risk of future injuries


If you are an athlete or active individual suffering from low back pain, consider seeking

the expertise of a sports chiropractor. With their specialized knowledge and techniques,

they can help you overcome your low back pain and get back to doing the activities you

love.


Gianola S, Bargeri S, Del Castillo G, et al. Effectiveness of treatments for acute and subacute

mechanical non-specific low back pain: a systematic review with network meta-analysisBritish

Journal of Sports Medicine 2022;56:41-50.

Petering RC, Webb C. Treatment options for low back pain in athletes. Sports Health. 2011

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