Having to deal with lower back pain, be it acute or chronic, can prevent you from doing some of the things that you enjoy.  The quality of your life will undoubtedly change because being in so much physical pain will also affect you mentally and emotionally. For your overall well-being, you should ensure that you get professional help as soon as possible.

Chiropractic care is very effective for pain relief and the treatment of lower back pain. Care for lower back pain usually involves spinal adjustments and manipulations, as well as therapeutic exercise. An accurate diagnosis is always the starting point in coming up with a treatment that is tailored just for you. To arrive at this diagnosis, you can expect the following from your chiropractor:

1. An Examination of Your Medical History

Have you been involved in an accident or something similarly traumatic that could be the cause of the pain? When did you first experience the pain? How severe is your lower back pain? Do you have other medical conditions? Have you had surgery for the lower back pain or any other condition? What kind of medication, if any, are you currently on?

These are only some of the questions that your chiropractor may ask in order to understand your medical history better.

2. A Discussion of Your Lifestyle

Sometimes, the cause of lower back pain is tied to your lifestyle habits. The chiropractor will, again, ask some leading questions to establish what your lifestyle looks like. Are you an active person or do you lead a largely sedentary lifestyle? Are you involved in active sports? What kind of physical activity, if any does, your job entail? Do you spend most of your workday seated behind a desk or are you always on your feet?

3. Physical Examination

Your chiropractor will employ different static and motion palpation techniques to test the nerves, joints, and muscles in your lower back and other areas, including other segments of your spine.

4. Advanced Diagnostic Tools

Your chiropractor may also need to use imaging such as x-ray and MRI scans for a more accurate diagnosis. There are also special instruments that can pinpoint the exact location of the pain by registering a difference in temperature.

To determine the appropriate chiropractic treatment for your lower back pain, the chiropractor must start with an accurate diagnosis. Your cooperation through every single one of the highlighted stages will aid in reaching this diagnosis.