Lower Back Pain Specialist

Craig Ranch Chiropractic

Chiropractor located in McKinney, TX

Lower back pain can prevent you from enjoying your favorite leisure activities like hiking or sports, going to work, or playing with your kids. If you’re not living your life to the fullest because of lower back pain, call the offices of Craig Ranch Chiropractic or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment with Dr. Troy Allam. In all, more than three million Americans experience lower back pain each year. Dr. Allam can help diagnose the cause of your pain and recommend viable treatment options to get you back on the field, back to your place of work, or simply back to enjoying life worry- and pain-free.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What are common causes of lower back pain?

As you get older, your joints and your spinal disks and bones take on more stress. This normal wear and tear on your spine causes most lower back pain.

The most prevalent direct causes of lower back pain are sprains and strains. The overstretching or tearing of ligaments in the back can lead to sprains, while strains are tears in the tendons or muscles. Bending or twisting to lift heavy objects with improper form or overstretching can cause either sprains or strains, or even spasms in your back muscles.

Some underlying conditions can also expose you to lower back pain, including:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Infections affecting the vertebrae
  • Inflammatory disease of the joints (arthritis)
  • Tumors
  • Kidney stones

Am I at risk for developing lower back pain?

Besides underlying conditions, certain risk factors can increase the likelihood you will experience lower back pain, including:

  • Advanced age
  • Sedentary lifestyle (being physically unfit and/or having an inactive job)
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, or stress
  • A backpack that’s too heavy, particularly for children

How is lower back pain treated?

Dr. Allam provides many different types of spinal adjustments with varying techniques to give you relief and help treat your lower back pain. The techniques vary by how much-controlled force Dr. Allam applies to subluxations or misalignments, he finds in your spine. The procedures help regain and fully restore range of motion.

Dr. Allam works with each patient, taking into account medical history, symptoms, examinations, and imaging tests to determine what type of chiropractic adjustments are right for them. Pain medication, as well as therapeutic stretching and exercise, can also help alleviate and cure lower back pain.

How do I prevent lower back pain?

You can often prevent lower back pain if you pay close attention to how you stand, sit, and move. Proper body mechanics help you avoid movements that put pressure on and strain the back. Also, ergonomically designed furniture in your home and workplace can greatly lessen your risk of developing lower back pain.

Here are some simple measures Dr. Allam suggests you keep in mind when trying to prevent lower back pain:

  • Stretch before physical activity
  • Practice good posture
  • Always wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes
  • Don’t lift objects that are too heavy
  • Don’t twist when lifting something
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet to avoid putting on excess weight
  • Don’t smoke tobacco
  • Sleep on your side in the fetal position to open up your spinal joints