Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain - Gallatin Valley Chiropractic of Bozeman

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Back pain is the 2nd most common reason to visit the doctor's office, with upper respiratory infections being the most common. 80 percent of people have back pain at some point in their lives, and over 50 percent of the population has low back pain each year!

The fact that the low back is very susceptible to pain and injury is no mystery. Similar to the neck, the low back is a fragile part of the spine, that has no other support or stability associated with it like the rib cage of the thoracic spine. This instability allows us a great range of motion, but can be at the cost of frequent injury if it is not routinely treated by a chiropractor and protected with core stability.

The low back can withstand tremendous forces as long as it stays healthy and functioning properly. It supports more than half of your body weight at any given moment, and forces in the low back increase dramatically with movement and exercise. For example, professional powerlifters can lift several hundred pounds off the floor without causing injury to their low backs. However, if their low backs were out of alignment or has significant muscle imbalances, then activities such as bending over to pick something off the floor can cause low back pain and injury.

Until recently, researchers believed that back pain would heal on its own. However, recent studies show that this is not true. Now, many studies reveal that most back pain that is left untreated, may dissipate temporarily, but will most likely return on a later day, and often times worse than before. It is very important to not leave low back pain untreated and seek professional chiropractic care to treat and correct the true cause of the pain. Call Gallatin Valley Chiropractic of Bozeman today and let our doctors help you get out of pain for good.

The Causes of Low Back Pain

There are many different causes of low back, and conditions that can result in low back pain. The majority include: Sprained lumbar ligaments, strained lumbar muscles and tissues, disc bulges and herniations, inflammation of the joints, subluxations, arthritis, and other referral pain sources such as kidney infections. Each one of these, if left untreated can cause further pain, arthritis, and overall increased pressure on the very fragile nervous system. Chiropractors are experts in diagnosis and treatment of the spine. They will determine whether or not the case can be treated by chiropractic care or if a referral to another physician is needed. Here are some of the most common conditions seen at Gallatin Valley Chiropractic of Bozeman.



Subluxations refer to a misalignment and/or lack of healthy joint motion of the vertebrae in the spine. Very frequently subluxations can lead to pressure on specific nerves or on the nervous system as a whole. These subluxations can manifest as shooting pain all the way down the leg, as well as a localized dull ache, and can even be asymptomatic. Subluxations can be caused by a variety of activities, as well as inactivity. Sleeping wrong, twisting, bending, running, jumping, and poor posture can all be causes of subluxation. Fortunately, subluxations are very treatable by a chiropractor and often times treatment will lead to a significant reduction in pain immediately. Consult your doctor at Gallatin Valley Chiropractic for a complete exam and report of findings for you back pain.

Disc Herniations

Disc herniations do not automatically mean that you will suffer from low back pain for the rest of you life, nor do they mean that you have to have surgery in order to get relief. In fact, a study found that almost 50 percent of the adult population has at least one bulging or herniated disc even if they are not experiencing symptoms. On the other hand, some disc herniations can cause crippling pain and intense radiation to other parts of your body. Unfortunately, when a disc herniates, it rarely heals completely. However, further deterioration can occur rapidly if the condition is not treated. Chiropractic care can often prevent further deterioration of disc herniations, and often provide great relief in low back pain and referral pain into the buttocks or down the leg caused by the disc.

Sprains, Strains and Spasms

These can all be caused by a variety of events, but are usually caused by the overexertion of a regularly inactive person. These people push themselves way too hard without being in the proper condition for such activities. These people are the ones laying flat on their back counting down the hours until they can see their chiropractor.

By treating any underlying misalignment, and with a combination of therapies and rehab, these conditions can be easily treated, but might require a change in lifestyle to prevent such events from occurring in the future.

Treating Low Back Pain With Chiropractic

Chiropractic treatment for low back pain is usually pretty straightforward, but depends greatly on the condition. At Gallatin Valley Chiropractic of Bozeman, we usually adjust the lower lumbar vertebrae and pelvis to re-establish normal joint motion and position of your vertebrae. This, in combination with our functional rehab program, allows your vertebrae to stay in alignment for what can be a lifetime of relief.

Chiropractic treatment for low back pain has, repeatedly, been shown to be the most effective way to treat low back pain. This not only treats and minimizes the pain, but it allows a fully functioning spine and healthy nervous system. In addition to chiropractic being the most effective treatment for back pain, it has also shown to be the least expensive form of care with the best long term outcomes compared to any other treatment! Thanks to research, the American Medical Association now considers spinal manipulation for low back pain, as performed by a chiropractor, to be safe and effective and an ideal form of conservative care, recommending it as a first step in addressing low back pain.

Recent research regarding Chiropractic for Low Back Pain:

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Bozeman, MT 59718


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