Lower Back Pain Specialist

Laurelhurst Chiropractic

Chiropractors located in Portland, OR

Low back pain is extremely common. Most people suffer from it at some point in their lives. Whether you have an acute episode or low back pain that’s chronic, seek therapy from chiropractor Dr. Phil McCary and the staff of Laurelhurst Chiropractic in Portland, Oregon. Dr. McCary offers a variety of therapies to diagnose and resolve your discomfort. Call the office for an appointment or use the online booking agent so you can restore your back health and function.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What causes low back pain?

The exact cause of your low back pain can be hard to pinpoint. But, in many cases, it’s a result of:

  • Overuse, strain, or an injury
  • Herniations in the discs
  • Illness
  • Genetic condition
  • Degeneration due to aging or osteoarthritis
  • Compression fractures

Acute low back pain, meaning back pain that comes on suddenly, is often the result of an event that involves lifting, reaching, and twisting.

How can chiropractic care help low back pain?

Dr. McCary not only treats the pain and discomfort associated with low back pain — he finds the root cause of your symptoms to provide long-term relief. Research shows that the manual therapies used by chiropractors such as Dr. McCary are effective in reducing pain and resolving issues such as a lumbar disc herniation.

Dr. McCary’s intention is to reduce your pain and improve your overall function, as well as to prevent low back pain from becoming chronic. He also seeks to educate you on how you can prevent future incidents of low back pain with exercise, ergonomics, and other lifestyle habits.

How is the cause of my low back pain diagnosed?

At your initial consultation, Dr. McCary reviews your symptoms, areas of pain, and activities that intensify or improve your condition. He also looks at your family history, dietary habits, occupation, exercise patterns, and any incidents that may have prompted your pain.

He performs a thorough physical exam of your spine and may test the function of surrounding muscles.

What types of chiropractic therapy should I expect for low back pain?

Dr. McCary may use spinal manipulation and manual manipulation to address your low back pain. This type of therapy involves high-velocity arm thrusts applied to any vertebra that is out of alignment. It reduces compression and irritation of associated nerves and improves overall range of motion in your back.

He may also employ low-velocity manipulation of your spine as well as stretching of the associated muscles and joints.

At Laurelhurst Chiropractic, you also have access to a number of supplemental therapies to treat your low back pain. These include massage, acupuncture, and electrical stimulation. When you combine chiropractic with them, you’re more likely to experience an improvement in your overall well-being. These adjunct therapies treat more than just your immediate pain. They help resolve referred pain and dysfunction.