Low Back Pain

Low back pain and Sciatica are the number one complaint for office visits in the US. It is one of the major causes of missed work days. Low back pain (LBP) is a common disorder involving the muscles, nerves, and bones of the back. Pain can vary from a dull constant ache to a sudden sharp feeling  Low back pain may be caused from a combination of causes:

  1. Injury / trauma
  2. Muscle or joint strain.
  3. Herniated Disc
  4. Stenosis or Pinched Nerves
  5. Stress
  6. Irregular eating habits
  7. Drugs
  8. Organ related issues
  9. Many other Causes

In the common presentation of acute low back pain, pain develops after movements that involve lifting, twisting, or forward-bending. The symptoms may start soon after the movements or upon waking up the following morning. The description of the symptoms may range from tenderness at a particular point to diffuse pain. It may or may not worsen with certain movements, such as raising a leg, or positions, such as sitting or standing. Pain radiating down the legs (known as sciatica) may be present.

We are experts in diagnosing the cause of low back pain and sciatica. We specialize in prevention and reduction of symptoms, as well as giving ergonomic recommendations to prevent further relapses. Let Fontana Chiropractic and Acupuncture help diagnosis and treat your low back pain and sciatica.

 

Acupuncture has been clinically shown to decrease low back pain, increase physical function, general health, and vitality in this Randomized control trial.

Title: Effectiveness and Acceptance of Acupuncture in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain: Results of a Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Trial.

Design: Randomized control trial. 143 chronic low back pain patients.

Measurments: Patients completed questionnaires about health-related quality of life (Short-Form 36 Health Survey [SF-36])

Patients completed questionnaires about health-related quality of life (Short-Form 36 Health Survey [SF-36])

Results: Acupuncture patients reported significantly better physical functioning, general health, vitality, and emotional role than the group without acupuncture. Pain outcomes were superior to those with only rehabilitation programing. Specifically, pain with sitting/standing, pain upon carrying loads of 10 kg or more, and prickling in hands and feet were significantly diminished.

Citation: Weiß J, Quante S, Xue F, Muche R, Reuss-Borst M. Effectiveness and Acceptance of Acupuncture in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain: Results of a Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Trial. Journal Of Alternative & Complementary Medicine [serial online]. December 2013;19(12):935-941. Available from: Academic Search Premier, Ipswich, MA. Accessed July 25, 2014.

 

Acupuncture has been clinically shown to decrease low back pain in this Meta-Analysis.

Title: Randomized Controlled Trials of Acupuncture for Neck Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

Abstract: The 33 randomized, controlled trials that met inclusion criteria were subgrouped according to acute or chronic pain, style of acupuncture, and type of control group used.

Results: The meta-analyses showed that acupuncture is significantly more effective than sham treatment [95% CI, 0.35 to 0.73] and no additional treatment. Acupuncture effectively relieves chronic low back pain.

Citation: Manheimer E, White A, Berman B, Forys K, Ernst E. Meta-Analysis: Acupuncture for Low Back Pain. Annals Of Internal Medicine [serial online]. April 19, 2005;142(8):651-663. Available from: Academic Search Premier, Ipswich, MA. Accessed July 25, 2014.

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