Lower Back Pain

Back to Wellness Medical Center

Helmut Eichner, DC

Chiropractor located in Bend, OR

Even though lower back pain is fairly common, it can stop you in your tracks. Led by Helmut Eichner, DC, the team at Back to Wellness Medical Center in Bend, Oregon, provides expert lower back pain treatment, which includes chiropractic wellness services, to relieve aches and pain, such as with sciatica, and restore function. Call the office to make your appointment or book online.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What is lower back pain?

Your spine is an intricate network of muscles, ligaments, joints, nerves, vertebrae, and discs that work in concert when you sit, move, stand, run, jump, and lie down. With that many components that bear the brunt of all your movement, lower back pain is often the result. In fact, it’s one of the most common problems that Back to Wellness Medical Center treats. 

Lower back pain can be mild or severe, acute or chronic, and constant or intermittent.

What causes low back pain?

There are dozens of reasons why you could have lower back pain. Some of the top causes are:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Disc injury
  • Scoliosis
  • Acute injury
  • Degenerative conditions
  • Pinched nerve
  • Poor posture
  • Herniated disc
  • Overactivity
  • Sciatica

In many cases, lower back pain affects your hips and legs as well. For example, sciatica pain starts in your lower back and radiates down your leg.

How is lower back pain diagnosed?

The Back to Wellness Medical Center team works diligently to determine the root cause of your lower back pain. To diagnose the problem, they conduct a comprehensive exam and may use X-rays, musculoskeletal testing, nerve studies, MRIs, CAT scans, and lab testing. 

They also evaluate your spinal range of motion, and the muscle strength in your lower lumbar area, upper thighs and hips. With all of these findings, the team discovers the cause of your lower back pain and makes a diagnosis. 

How is lower back pain treated?

Depending on your diagnosis, Back to Wellness Medical Center develops a custom plan to address your pain and resolve the underlying cause. For example, chiropractic adjustments are an excellent tool to resolve sciatica.

As a functional medicine practice, your treatment does not include medicine or surgery, but rather a robust assortment of some or all of the following.

  • Spinal decompression
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Electrical stimulation therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Heat therapy
  • Ice therapy
  • Exercise
  • Regenerative medicine

Your plan works best when you have a series of treatments over several days and weeks. The Back to Wellness Medical Center team goes over your plan, so you know exactly what to expect. 

How can I prevent back pain?

To keep your lower back healthy, there are a few things you can do:

  • Stretch before exercise
  • Bend from your knees instead of your back
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Don’t lift objects that are too heavy
  • Sit straight

For complete care and relief for your lower back pain, call Back to Wellness Medical Center or use the online scheduling feature.