Acute Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is the most common presenting complaint at chiropractic clinics. Chiropractic treatment of lower back pain patients has been extensively researched and has been shown to be clinically effective, safe and cost-effective.

Approximately 80% of all individuals will experience an episode of lower back pain at some point during their lives. Acute episodes of lower back pain can be due to a variety of causes but are most commonly associated with physical exertion such as heavy lifting, sporting activities, gardening and working in constrained postures for longer periods of time.

Chiropractic Treatment

Initially, the chiropractor will interview and examine the patient in order to determine whether chiropractic care is appropriate for your condition. X-rays, scans and blood tests are not usually required to manage acute lower back pain but can quickly be arranged at our clinic if there is a clear clinical indication.

Most acute episodes of lower back pain are easily managed and patients can expect significant improvement within a few days and a week is usually sufficient to complete treatment. A treatment plan will be clearly explained to all patients.

Chiropractic care consists of spinal manipulation / mobilisation, soft tissue treatment and advice regarding “over the counter” medication, ice/heat and other factors that are of relevance to the individual patient.

Preventative therapy is usually exercise focused and carried out under supervision at our clinic gym. You will also receive advice regarding work and leisure activities.

Evidence and Safety

In May, 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published its much anticipated guidelines relating to Early Management of Persistent Non-Specific Low Back Pain. Chiropractic management of these patients was recommended as a first choice option. Chiropractic treatment was deemed to be effective, safe and cost-effective. Similar conclusions were reached in a Pan-European Guideline Panel, European Guidelines for Acute Nonspecific Low Back Pain.