Struggling with Lower Back and Hip Pain?
Eight out of ten adults experience back pain at some point in their lives(1). While it is common to reach for over-the-counter pain medications to reduce the pain, at Chiropractic Balance in Porirua and Wellington we ask ‘What is the cause of your low back pain?’
Do you have:
- Muscle spasm in the back or gluteals
- Pain getting up from sitting or getting out of bed
- Joint and bone degeneration (osteoarthritis)
- Lack of flexibility in hips or legs
- Sciatica (shooting pain down one or both legs)
Chiropractic and Lower Back and Hip Pain
Frequently the cause of low back pain is an imbalance of the spine and nerves (subluxation) and it’s unlikely to get better on its own (2). Medication may reduce the pain but it often doesn’t solve the underlying problem.
The good news helps is at hand: Spinal imbalance is what our Chiropractors specialize in identifying and correcting. A 2019 study suggested that patients who saw a chiropractor as their initial provider for low back pain had 90% decreased odds of both early and long-term pain, opioid use (3). In fact, it is now recommended by the New Zealander College of Physicians that patients with chronic low back pain, should initially select non-pharmacologic treatment, including chiropractic adjustments (4).
If you have low back or hip pain, at your first visit we will review your history and do a thorough examination to see if the imbalance is causing your back pain. If it is, we will begin working on correcting it. But we don’t stop there, we also examine the rest of your spine and body to see if it's contributing to your imbalance and look at your lifestyle for what might have caused the imbalance in the first place. We help you focus on making supportive changes that can include exercise, nutrition, posture advice, and well-being.
(1)Rubin Dl. Epidemiology and Risk Factors for Spine Pain. Neurol Clin. 2007; May;25(2):353-71.
(2)Chiropractic.org.nz. 2020. Vertebral Subluxation » New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association. [online] Available at: <https://www.chiropractic.org.nz/about-chiropractic/vertebral-subluxation> [Accessed 15 April 2020].
(3)Kazis LE, Ameli O, Rothendler J, et al. Observational retrospective study of the association of initial healthcare provider for new-onset low back pain with early and long-term opioid use BMJ Open 2019;9:e028633. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028633
(4)Qaseem A, Wilt TJ, McLean RM, et al, for the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the New Zealander College of Physicians. Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the New Zealander College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2017;166:514–530. [Epub ahead of print 14 February 2017]. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/M16-2367