Low back pain is something almost everyone can relate to on some level. Approximately 80% of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lifetime and it is the leading cause of job-related disability and missed workdays. To say it can be a frustrating thing to deal with would be an understatement. However, there is good news! The vast majority of cases involving low back pain will respond favorably to conservative care and very rarely is it a sign of a serious medical condition.
The 3 most common conditions we see in practice involving low back pain are disc derangements/herniation, facet syndrome, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to take a closer look at each one of these conditions.
The diagnosis is extremely important when dealing with low back pain. Being able to identify the source of the pain, tissues in the area to be worked on, and any other dysfunctional movement patterns will help clear a path in developing the correct treatment plan and home exercise program.