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Low Back Pain

Are You Suffering From Low Back Pain?

Understanding low back pain involves recognizing its causes, symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment options. Here's what you need to know about low back pain:

  1. Causes: Low back pain can arise from various factors, including muscle or ligament strain, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, sciatica, and structural abnormalities (such as scoliosis or spondylolisthesis). Additionally, lifestyle factors like poor posture, obesity, lack of exercise, and improper lifting techniques can contribute to low back pain.

  2. Symptoms: Symptoms of low back pain can vary widely and may include dull or sharp pain in the lower back, stiffness, muscle spasms, difficulty standing or walking, shooting pain down the leg (sciatica), numbness or tingling in the legs or feet, and weakness in the legs.

  3. Risk Factors: Certain factors may increase the risk of developing low back pain, including age (as the spine undergoes wear and tear over time), sedentary lifestyle, obesity, poor physical fitness, occupations that involve heavy lifting or prolonged sitting, smoking, and psychological factors such as stress or depression.

  4. Diagnosis: Diagnosing the cause of low back pain typically involves a comprehensive medical history, physical examination, and sometimes imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI, or CT scans. Blood tests or other diagnostic procedures may be ordered to rule out underlying medical conditions.

  5. Treatment: Treatment for low back pain depends on the underlying cause, severity, and individual factors. It may include conservative measures such as rest, activity modification, physical therapy, heat or ice therapy, pain-relieving medications (such as NSAIDs or muscle relaxants), steroid injections, chiropractic care, acupuncture, or complementary therapies. In some cases, surgery may be recommended for conditions like herniated discs or spinal stenosis that do not respond to conservative treatment.

  6. Prevention: Preventive measures can help reduce the risk of developing low back pain or prevent its recurrence. These may include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly to strengthen the core and back muscles, practicing good posture, using proper lifting techniques, avoiding prolonged sitting or standing, quitting smoking, and managing stress effectively.

Charlotte chiropractor helps chronic low back pain

Did You Know?

Lower back pain is a widespread issue, affecting approximately 80% of the population at some point. It ranks among the top causes of missed workdays and carries a significant economic burden, costing the United States an estimated $25 billion annually.

Despite the prevalence of back pain and the pursuit of surgical interventions, a five-year study by the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy Research (AHCPR) revealed startling findings. Only 1% of patients who underwent back surgery for pain experienced tangible benefits from the procedure. These findings underscore the complexity of managing lower back pain and highlight the importance of exploring alternative treatment options beyond surgical intervention.

Charlotte chiropractor helps chronic low back pain

Low Back Pain, Arthritis and Disc Degeneration

The spine is a remarkable structure composed of bones, discs, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves, meticulously designed to provide strength, protection, and flexibility.


While many people often overlook the spine's natural function, its significance becomes evident when problems arise. Lower back pain, affecting approximately 80% of the population at some point, emerges as a prominent issue. Chronic low back pain caused by a bulging disc or disc degeneration is also among the most common surgeries, however, with little long term success rate.


Notably, it ranks among the leading causes of missed workdays, imposing a substantial economic burden estimated at $25 billion annually in the United States.

KCSC Procedure & Low Back Pain

Back injuries often result in misalignments of the spinal bones, which can exert pressure on nerves and cause bulging discs, resulting in chronic low back pain.


While addressing the symptoms may provide temporary relief, failure to correct the underlying issue can lead to worsening nerve damage and disc problems over time.

The KCSC Procedure is specifically designed to correct these misalignments, alleviating spinal nerve pressure and addressing bulging discs. Patients often report long-term pain relief and reduced reliance on medication, as it targets the root cause of their back pain rather than merely masking symptoms.

chiropratic spinal thermography
lateral cervical xray setup
Cervical spine

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Charlotte chiropractor helps chronic low back pain

Dr. Arthur Plesa
Clinic Director
KCSC Procedure Founder

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