Aloha everyone, I’m Dr. Tom Johnson, your chiropractor for low back pain in Oxnard, CA. I’m from Kalani Total Health Center. Today, we’re discussing the common causes of low back pain and spinal disorders and why it is the number one cause of pain, suffering, and disability in the entire world.
Let me say that again. Low back pain is the number one cause of disability in the entire world. We’ve got a lot of talk about today. So let’s unpack the science of low back pain and spinal disorders.
First and foremost, we need to clearly understand that low back pain and spinal disorders are caused by specific pain generators that are located throughout what is known as the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex.
This includes but not limited to specific muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, joints, fascia, scar tissue, herniated vertebral discs, degenerated vertebral discs, neurological tissues, like pinched nerves and spinal cord compression, spinal stenosis, complex variations of osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritides to name just a few.
There’s some other very less common rare conditions like kidney stones, kidney infections, rare cancers, or organ dysfunctions that are typically screened through our comprehensive physical exam. But again are not the typical and not the most common causes of low back pain and spinal disorders.
Second, the cause of your low back pain and spinal orders from these pain generators are the result of your total cumulative injuries throughout your entire life, starting from literally your early childhood continuing into the teenage years, to the young adult, older adult, and your geriatric senior citizen years as well.
We call this cumulative trauma disorder, CTD for short, and results in a condition called the vertebral subluxation complex. Similar to how your dentist might say you have a cavity that’s causing your pain, right? We call it a subluxation. These injuries from your cumulative trauma can result from many causes such as acute injuries and chronic injuries.
It can result from macro traumas like car accident, slip and falls, work injuries, sports injuries, workouts. You name it, it can be caused by it. Also, it can be caused by microscopic injuries, repetitive injuries, cumulative injuries that are repetitive in nature that take many a long time to resolve.
Poor posture, carrying your backpack imperfectly, carrying your purse on the same side, putting your wallet in your back pocket and sitting at it. I mean the causes are endless, right? Driving every day to and from work. Again, too numerous to list, the list goes on and on.
But I question you, is there something you can think about that’s causing some of your
cumulative trauma disorders throughout your life. I’d be interested in learning more. If these injuries are left undetected and uncorrected, they become chronic, which leads to disability and pain and dysfunction.
Again, the number one cause of pain and disability in the world as we mentioned earlier.
This can further lead to changes in your overall health, changes in your immune system and how your immune system functions, your ability to work and play with family and friends, your ability to enjoy your life to the fullest, your ability to truly achieve optimum health and wellness.
Again everyone, I’m Dr. Tom Johnson. I’m from Kalani Total Health Center, your one stop holistic healthcare shop.
Mahalo and aloha.