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Lower Back Pain: A La Jolla Chiropractic Case Study
Our goal at Team Elite Chiropractic in La Jolla is to reduce your pain within as few visits as possible so you can get back to enjoying your everyday activities pain-free. Here we present a case study for one of our patients who presented with lower back pain after months of treatment with another provider.
A healthy, active, and athletic woman in her mid-40s visited our La Jolla office after hearing about Team Elite from someone who had previously used our services. This patient worked out regularly, took part in hikes and marathons, followed a highly-nutritious diet, and got plenty of quality sleep. However, lower back pain had been holding her back from continuing to participate in any of these activities. Our patients’ goal was to achieve pain relief to resume her workout routine and her highly active lifestyle.
This patient had been receiving regular adjustments from a different chiropractor for lower back pain for several months but continued to feel pain on an ongoing basis, usually magnified after leaving her appointments. Her previous chiropractor had her on a six-month treatment program with 3 sessions per week, assuring her she would feel better near the end.
This patient had an MRI that revealed she had spondylolisthesis—a spinal disorder in which a vertebra slips forward onto the bone below it to cause lower back pain. Upon our evaluation, we realized her previous chiropractor had been performing treatments and adjustments that aggravated her condition instead of addressing its root cause.
Reduction in Pain with Team Elite
After speaking with this patient about her back pain during her first visit and conducting our Selective Functional Movement Assessment, we chose not to give her any further adjustments given how they contributed to additional pain with her other provider. Instead, we focused on helping her stabilize her core and glutes, as well as, releasing her hip flexor tightness. We significantly reduced her pain after the first visit and eliminated all her pain after four treatments. Within a few weeks, this patient fully resumed all her activities with zero lower back pain.
We used a combination of modalities to treat the patients’ lower back pain and to make her tissue more pliable again. We used a mix of active release techniques (ART), taping, cupping, and instrument-assisted treatments. After the fourth visit, we continued to work with this patient on increasing her strength and stability and ensuring she was at 100%. Given how healthy this patient was and how well she took care of herself, it was just a matter of finding the best treatment plan for her based on her symptoms.
The Benefits of Receiving Chiropractic Care for Athletes at Team Elite
This patient’s original treatment plan with her first chiropractor determined she would need six months to be pain-free, but our team of sports chiropractors resolved her lower back pain within weeks.
Our team at Team Elite Chiropractic is composed of highly skilled chiropractors with CCSP certification. If you are looking for the best in chiropractic care for athletes, contact us today at 858-633-8036 or visit our website to book an appointment online.