Low Back Pain

Kotila Chiropractic

Gary Kotila, BA, DC

Chiropractor located in Brandon, FL

Low back pain is a common musculoskeletal problem that affects people of all ages, from children to adults. Without prompt diagnosis and treatment, low back pain can lead to disability, keeping you sidelined from sports or other physical activities. At Kotila Chiropractic in Brandon, Florida, Gary Kotila, BA, DC, uses conservative, holistic treatments like chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy to ease the uncomfortable symptoms of low back pain. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Low Back Pain Q & A

What is low back pain?

Low back pain is a problem that nearly 80% of Americans will experience at some time during their lives. It usually occurs due to an injury, such as muscle sprains and strains or poor body mechanics. 

Low back pain can also occur due to underlying health problems or diseases, including:

  • Cancer of the spinal cord
  • Ruptured or herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Kidney infections

Anyone can experience low back pain, but it’s especially common in people between the ages of 30-50. As you get older, your body experiences a variety of changes. These changes reduce the fluid content in your spine, causing your vertebrae to rub up against one another.

Is there any way to prevent low back pain?

There’s no way to prevent low back pain entirely, but there are several steps you can take to reduce your risk. Dr. Kotila recommends:

  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Quitting smoking
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Keeping your stress levels in check

If your job requires you to lift frequently, it’s also important to practice good posture. You can practice good mechanics by bending at the knees and lifting with your legs, instead of your back.

How is low back pain diagnosed?

To diagnose low back pain, Dr. Kotila asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, reviews your medical history, and conducts a physical exam. During your exam, he gently presses on your spine and vertebrae, looking for areas of tenderness, swelling, or warmth. Dr. Kotila also observes your gait and posture and tests your range of motion.

If Dr. Kotila suspects your low back pain is due to an underlying medical problem, he may also order laboratory screening such as a complete blood count (CBC) or diagnostic imaging. An X-ray or MRI can provide a closer look at the vertebrae, joints, and soft tissues in your lower spine.

How is low back pain treated?

Treatment of low back pain depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. Dr. Kotila usually recommends conservative, holistic treatments like chiropractic adjustments. Adjustment therapy can address the full spectrum of back pain from neck pain and sciatica to vertigo, balance, and ear issues.

Other common treatments include ultrasound therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, vibration therapy, spinal decompression, and massage therapy. 

Dr. Kotila develops a custom treatment plan that aligns with your individual needs. To achieve the best results, follow his instructions carefully and make sure to attend all of your follow-up appointments.

To learn more about treatments for low back pain, schedule an appointment at Kotila Chiropractic. Call the office and speak with a staff member or book a consultation online today.