Almost everyone will experience a bout of low back pain at some point in his or her life. There are many causes of low back pain, some of which are more serious and some of which are benign. The first job of our naturopathic physicians is to determine the cause of the pain. For most patients experiencing low back pain, muscle tension, sciatica, arthritis, weak abdominal muscles, or poor ergonomics at the office is the culprit. More serious causes of low back pain include herniated disks, fractures, ankylosing spondylitis, or spinal stenosis.
ALETRIS doctors order imaging such as X-rays or MRI to rule out serious causes of low back pain. After the cause has been determined, they may then prescribe such treatments as acupuncture, exercise, massage, and hydrotherapy to reduce the discomfort associated with common causes of low back pain.
Allopathic, or traditional treatments like surgery or prescription medication are notoriously ineffective at solving the issue of low back pain, and should be used only when absolutely necessary. We see many patients at ALETRIS who never have to take a medication or undergo risky surgery to experience relief of their low back pain.
ALETRIS naturopathic physicians investigate each individual case of low back pain and customize appropriate treatment for each patient. Call our office to schedule an appointment with an ALETRIS physician.