In individuals with lumbosacral pain, how do cost-effective treatments compare to traditional care treatments affect muscle strain?
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The human spine is divided into three sections, which form an S-curve shape that supports the upper and lower body parts, maintaining good posture during movement. The spinal discs or intervertebral discs act as shock absorbers within each section of the spinal column. They help reduce axial overload and protect the spinal cord. The cervical, thoracic, and lumbar sections have specific roles in the upper and lower body parts, ensuring comfort and pain-free movement. However, many people engage in normal activities such as lifting improperly, sitting excessively, or carrying an unreasonable weight, leading to pain and disability over time without proper care. The lumbosacral region of the spine is the most commonly injured and is linked to low back pain. Lumbosacral pain can result from normal or traumatic factors, making individuals miss work or daily activities, leading to financial burdens when visiting a doctor. Symptoms associated with lumbosacral pain can cause referred pain to other parts of the body, leading individuals to think that the primary pain location is elsewhere. Fortunately, various cost-effective treatments can reduce the effects of lumbosacral pain and alleviate muscle strain in the lower back region. This article focuses on the many factors associated with lumbosacral pain, cost-effective treatments to reduce it, and the difference between traction and spinal decompression, which can alleviate muscle strain in the lumbosacral spinal region. As we work with certified medical providers who use our patients’ information to treat individuals experiencing lumbosacral pain and explain how combining non-surgical decompression as part of their routine can alleviate the pain-like symptoms affecting the lumbosacral region. We inform them about non-surgical treatments to ease lumbosacral pain while reducing muscle strain. We encourage our patients to ask essential questions while seeking education from our associated medical providers about their situation. Dr. Alex Jimenez, D.C., provides this information as an educational service. Disclaimer
Lumbosacral Pain Associated Factors
How many times a day have you been experiencing low back pain associated with lifting heavy objects? Do you feel muscle aches or strains in your lower back from excessing sitting from your job? Or do you feel pain in your lower back after a long day of work that feels better after sitting down? Many individuals don’t often realize that the pain they are feeling in their lumbosacral region could be due to the normal factors that are causing repetitive motions that are causing the spinal discs in the lumbosacral area to be compressed, damaged, or herniated. To that point, lumbosacral pain may correlate with low back pain. Since low back pain is mostly a non-specific issue, many working individuals with a sedentary desk job or an active job requiring physical exertion can be a clue to the causes of low back pain associated with lumbosacral pain. (See Tan & Kumar, 2021) Additionally, lumbosacral pain can cause the individual to have unwanted stress while undergoing treatment. The cost of treating lumbosacral pain associated with the low back can increase drastically.
The working individual would have to worry about the cost of traditional medical care and how to compensate for the lost wages to pay for the treatment. (Snook, 1988) This leads many individuals to continue working even when in excruciating pain by incorporating home treatments to reduce the pain temporarily. When the lumbosacral spine is dealing with pain, the nerve roots that surround the lumbosacral region will begin to go haywire, causing somato-visceral pain where the sensory signals cause symptoms of tingling and numbness to travel down to the legs, glutes, low back, and thighs. (Vaitkus & Sipylaite, 2021) Luckily, many individuals can be at ease in numerous ways. There are cost-effective treatments to reduce the pain-like issues associated with the lumbosacral region and alleviate the muscle strain caused by lumbosacral pain.
Can Core Exercises Erase Back Pain?-Video
Many individuals will look for home remedies to reduce the pain in the affected muscle area when treating lumbosacral pain associated with low back pain. Many people will opt for exercises, ice/hot packs, or massages to ease low back pain related to lumbosacral pain. (“Simple treatments best for acute low-back problems, say federal guidelines,” 1995) All these treatments are cost-effective and can be combined with non-surgical treatments to stretch the tight muscles, realign the spine, and help rehydrate the spinal discs back to the spine. The video above asks if core exercises can help ease back pain. The video details how weak core muscles correlate with lower back lumbosacral pain. Engaging the core during exercise can help stabilize the lumbosacral region while improving overall wellness.
Cost-Effective Treatments Relieve Lumbosacral Pain
When relieving lumbosacral pain, cost-effective non-surgical treatments can help many individuals find the relief they need. The effects of non-surgical treatments for the lumbosacral vertebrae apply various techniques to the spine by widening the spinal disc height, reducing muscle strain and spasms, and separating the vertebrae. (Colachis & Strohm, 1969) Many individuals have opted for these treatments because they are safe, cost-effective, and gentle on the spine. Since the spinal discs can be compressed due to unwanted axial load, spinal manipulation done by a chiropractor can realign the spine out of subluxation. (Cyriax, 1950) This allows the individual to feel instant relief and reduce the aggravated nerve roots from the lumbosacral spine. Other cost-effective treatments like traction therapy and spinal decompression can also alleviate lumbosacral pain that is causing the issue to many individuals.
Traction vs. Spinal Decompression
The difference between traction therapy and spinal decompression therapy varies within the individual and what their personalized treatment plan requires. Traction therapy incorporates half of the person’s body weight with additional weight to reduce nerve root compression and can be combined with other treatments like hot/cold therapies and electro-stimulation; combined with an exercise program can strengthen the weak muscles and reduce muscle strain. (Alrwaily, Almutiri, & Schneider, 2018)
With spinal decompression, many individuals will be strapped into a mechanical machine and feel a gentle pull on their spine. This creates negative pressure between the spine and allows the disc to lay off the aggravating nerve root and promote healing properties back to the disc. (Choi et al., 2022) Spinal decompression causes a direct distraction within the spinal segments with minimal discomfort to the individual. Both cost-effective treatments are suitable for individuals with lumbosacral pain along their spine as they can help relieve pain and reduce muscle strain along the lumbar region after a few sessions. Non-surgical treatments are beneficial for many individuals who are looking to take back their health and wellness without being in pain.
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