Low Back Pain
Low back pain results from irritation of the joints, muscles and tendons in the low back due to overuse.  Biomechanical faults in the foot, knee and hip contribute to this problem by creating a functional leg length inequality or putting twisting stress into the back. Chiropractic orthotics can help to control abnormal biomechanics, decrease pain, and allow the low back to heal.

Low back pain is a very common problem and is often misdiagnosed as a simple strain or sprain. For this reason, people with back problems are well advised to consult a practitioner with experience in treating pelvic and spinal conditions by looking at the underlying causes.

The lumbar spine comprises the bottom five vertebrae, connected by 10 joints (five on either side of the spine) and five inter-vertebral discs. Thus there are 15 joints and multiple ligamentous tendons and muscles that facilitate stability and movement in this area.  

These joints, like any other joints in the body, can be damaged by macro- or micro-trauma.  In the absence of biomechanical faults in the leg or foot, acute injury to the lumbar spine should respond to standard treatments.  However, underlying biomechanical faults will compromise the healing of an acute injury, and can lead to chronic overuse injury.  

Over-pronation of the foot can set off a chain of abnormal stresses that can eventually affect the lumbar spine joints. This can result in chronic low back pain that is aggravated by standing, walking or running for any length of time.

Typically, an affected person will feel a bit better after relative rest and/or treatment, but will experience a recurrence of the condition with return to full activity.  Taking anti-inflammatories is NOT the answer.  Attending to the underlying cause IS the answer.