Lower Back Pain Specialist
Almost everyone experiences low back pain at some point in their life. At Paragon Physical Medicine, you never have to suffer through it alone. Dr. Bryce Chaffee helps alleviate pain with spinal manipulations, acupuncture, trigger point therapy, and rehabilitative exercises. If you’re looking for a practitioner in Wooster, Ohio to help with your low back pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Chaffee online or over the phone.
Lower Back Pain Q & A
What causes low back pain?
The structures in the lower back support the weight of your upper body and are built for multi-rotational twisting movements. This structural design makes them prone to injury.
The following injuries and conditions cause most instances of lower back pain:
- Muscle injury
- Herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Compression fracture
- Spinal stenosis
What different types of lower back pain do people experience?
Lower back pain manifests with a wide range of symptoms, so it’s different for everyone. Lower back pain ranges from:
- Mild to severe
- Sudden to gradual
- Occasional to persistent
To help determine the best treatment approach, Dr. Chaffee determines if your pain is acute or chronic, and also if it’s mechanical or radial.
- Acute: the pain comes on suddenly and lasts temporarily
- Chronic: your pain tends to appear gradually and last for more than three months
- Mechanical: localized pain from spinal muscles, ligaments, joints, or bones
- Radial: your pain radiates down the buttocks and legs
What treatment options are available for low back pain?
Dr. Chaffee uses a variety of treatment approaches based on your diagnosis. He offers spinal adjustments, acupuncture, trigger point injections, and physical rehabilitation at his practice.
Dr. Chaffee makes these physical adjustments to your back to help realign your spinal structures. Spinal adjustments are the “back-cracking” treatment chiropractors are known for, and many people with lower back pain find relief thanks to this treatment.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment using thin needles to stimulate healing. Practitioners believe the needles help restore the body’s flow of qi, or life force.
Trigger point injections
Trigger points are knots in muscle tissue that cause pain. Dr. Chaffee can inject a nerve block, such as lidocaine, into those knots to inactivate them.
With targeted exercises, Dr. Chaffee can help you stretch overused muscles, increase your range of motion, and build lower back strength. He can also provide postural and ergonomic guidance for work and home.
If you’d like to explore treatment options for your lower back pain, contact Paragon Physical Medicine online or over the phone.