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4 Keys to Stopping Lower Back and Leg Pain

Lower back pain sidelines millions of Americans each year. Although spinal surgery has come a long way over the past few decades, certain types of spinal surgery only show a 50% success rate. This is because, oftentimes, the surgeon treated the compensation instead of the cause.

The lower back is very strong; it has to be. It supports about 2/3 of your weight. But just think, all of those nerve in your lower back and in your entire body eventually have to trace back to the brain. Now, down from the brain, they must pass through the weakest link in the spine – that being the upper neck. Vertebrates which stand on two legs have something called the righting reflex, which says that the eyes must basically maintain a parallel relationship with the horizon, EVEN if it means compressing the rest of the spine like an accordion.

Walking on a compressed spine mis-aligns the hips over time and then the L5 disc can get wrung like a washcloth. This is why L4-L5 and L5-S1 are the two most common areas of disc bulging and herniation in the spine. Even though our work is done primarily from the neck, we tend to see MORE cases of lower back pain that neck pain, probably because the average lower back pain sufferer has gone around in circles from doctor to doctor, practitioner to practitioner because the cause of their condition was never discovered and treated properly.

To set up a free consult with Dr. Pietrek, please call 858-676-1218 or send us a message at frontdesk@pietrekspinalcare.com