Low Back Pain Specialist

Lifestyles Healthcare Group

Rehabilitation Specialists & Chiropractors located in Fort Myers, FL

Whether you pulled a muscle in your lower back, or have low back pain from repetitive stress, the pain can hinder your ability to perform daily activities. Pain relievers only mask the underlying problem, while chiropractic care from Dr. Darin Stokke of Lifestyles Healthcare Group in Fort Myers, Florida gets to the root of your low back pain. Using proven treatments and knowledge of spinal health obtained from the Northwestern Health Sciences University, Dr. Stokke provides natural solutions for relief from low back pain. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Low Back Pain Q & A

Lifestyles Healthcare Group

What causes low back pain?

Your lower back consists of muscles, joints, discs, and ligaments, all of which are vulnerable to injury and are affected by the aging process. Low back pain can arise from an accident, living a sedentary lifestyle, a sprain or strain, or a condition like spondylosis.

The discs in between the vertebrae lose their integrity as you age. You could herniate a disc, meaning the contents begins to seep out of a tear in the disc. Another possible cause of low back pain is a bulging disc, which occurs when the outer portion of the disc weakens, and the contents push out.

Other possible causes of low back pain include:

  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Traumatic injury
  • Spinal irregularities such as scoliosis

What factors increase the risk of low back pain?

You're more at risk for low back pain as you age due to bone loss, as well as a decrease in muscle elasticity and flexion. The discs in your back change as you age too, making them less able to act as cushions to your vertebrae.   

If you’re overweight or obese, you’re more likely to have low back pain due to excess stress on the back. While back pain is more common in people who aren’t physically active, genetics play a role also, and so does your job if it requires a great deal of lifting, pulling, twisting, or pushing,

How does a chiropractor diagnose and treat low back pain?

Dr. Stokke uses X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to view the bones and soft tissue to diagnose the cause of low back pain. He then performs a spinal alignment to line up all of the vertebrae and discs in your spine, so they don’t irritate the surrounding tissue or nerves.

Spinal decompression therapy stretches the spine to allow discs to heal and blood to flow to the area more efficiently. Dr. Stokke applies RockTape, a kinesiology tape that relieves pain and inflammation by pulling the soft tissue under the skin, to the area where you’re experiencing pain.

You don’t have to suffer from low back pain just to avoid invasive procedures and dangerous medications. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Stokke today by calling or using the online booking feature.