Lower back pain is one of the most common chiropractic complaints, affecting about one-third of the adult population in the UK. Determining what type of back pain you are experiencing is an important part of getting to the root cause of the issue and discovering potential treatments.

Diagnosing the cause of lower back pain can, however, be quite difficult. Pain may seem like a universal sensation, but the type and subjectiveness of the pain can vary from person to person. Ultimately are two main types of lower back pain, which can be qualified by their traits.

Mechanical pain

This pain is described as a dull, throbbing pain, located in one area, that can be sharp intermittently and is typically caused by a combination of joint and muscle issues. The joints and muscles can feel sore and tight but may spasm on particular movements.

It is worth noting with mechanical sources of pain you can sometimes experience pain referral. Referred pain is a type of pain that is felt on a part of the body other than the original site of the pain stimulus, such as pain travelling from the lower back to the buttock or hips. To identify the true origin of referred pain and plan proper treatment, you need to understand the physiological pattern, which is where chiropractors come in.

Sometimes self-management advice is sufficient to deal with this type of pain such as ice advice or gentle exercises. If it’s still persistent a chiropractor can help you strengthen these muscles in your lower back with some simple exercise routines, designed to be of low-impact whilst working to combat this pain through chiropractic treatment.

Radicular Pain

Most often called sciatica, radicular pain is a type of shooting or burning pain that radiates along the nerves, often accompanied by numbness and a tingling sensation and sometimes a heavy feeling. This type of pain can travel, from the lower back down the thighs, calves and even reach the feet.

This type of pain is often associated with disc bulges (slipped discs), where disc damage leads to compression of a nerve.

A chiropractor can help with this type of pain by assessing the severity and ensuring the spine is functioning optimally to ensure healing progresses.

The chiropractors at Backworks offer the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. This means that they are able to tell you about the cause of your lower back pain and can offer a smart solution. Give us a call on 01702 342329.