Low Back Pain Specialist

Kevin Gehin, DC -  - Chiropractor

CoreMedical

Kevin Gehin, DC

Chiropractor & Medical Center located in Pittston, PA

Low back pain affects about 80% of all Americans, and even though it’s associated with aging, low back pain is the most common cause of disability in people under the age of 45. Dr. Kevin Gehin at CoreMedical has extensive experience diagnosing the underlying cause of your back pain and using a range of chiropractic treatments to promote healing and get you up and moving again. To learn more about chiropractic care for low back pain, call their office in Pittston, Pennsylvania or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.

Low Back Pain Q & A

What causes low back pain?

Your lower back supports the full weight of your upper body, making it susceptible to conditions that cause pain. Over time, the cumulative pressure on your lower back, or lumbar spine, leads to a higher risk of problems.

Any number of normal daily activities cause low back pain. Muscles, ligaments, and tendons can be stretched or torn when you start a new sport or activity, lift a heavy object using your back, or make a sudden twisting motion.

The underlying conditions commonly responsible for low back pain include:

  • Herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis (slipped disc)
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal injury
  • Compression fracture from osteoporosis

What types of pain develop from low back problems?

Although generic pain is the defining symptom, the way patients experience low back pain varies. It can range from mild to severe. Back pain can arise from an identifiable incident or develop gradually and become chronic, which means your pain lasts longer than three months.

Your back pain may:

  • Come and go
  • Worsen with bending and lifting
  • Worsen with sitting
  • Worsen with standing and walking
  • Extend into the buttock or outer hip
  • Radiate down your leg

How is low back pain treated?

As experts in spinal care and treatment of low back pain, the team at CoreMedical can help relieve your pain, improve your back strength and movement, and prevent or slow down progressive deterioration from degenerative conditions.

Treatment for low back pain is customized to meet your needs, which are determined by a thorough examination and imaging tests when necessary. The goal is to reduce inflammation and relieve pressure on your lower back with treatments such as:

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Spinal mobilization
  • Decompression
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Myofascial release
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Physical therapy
  • Posture retraining

Dr. Gehin also evaluates your home and work environment, then recommends changes to reduce stress on your back. This could include simple changes that lower your risk for low back pain, such as adjusting the height of your computer terminal and getting up to move around every 20-30 minutes.

No matter what type of low back pain you experience, call Dr. Gehin or schedule an appointment online if your pain doesn’t improve in a few weeks, or if you develop a fever, chills, or unexpected weight loss.