Lower Back Pain Specialist

Brave Roots Chiropractic

Steve Cook, DC

Chiropractor & Animal Chiropractor located in Fort Collins, CO

For adults in the United States, lower back pain is one of the most common causes of missing work, skipping exercise, and losing sleep. Get rid of your low back pain with help from Steve Cook, DC, in Fort Collins, Colorado. As the founder of Brave Roots Chiropractic, Dr. Cook provides personalized and effective natural solutions to lower back pain so you can get back to your life pain-free. Schedule a visit today by using the online tool or calling the office.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

Why does my lower back hurt?

The lower back is composed of five vertebrae, intervertebral discs, spinal nerves, numerous muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and two sacroiliac joints. The most common cause of lower back pain is a mechanical issue in the lower back, though soft tissue injuries are also common.

Potential causes of lower back injuries include:

  • Poor posture
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sitting or standing for prolonged periods
  • Certain types of exercise
  • Lifting more weight than you’re used to
  • Sleeping on your stomach

Dr. Cook can help you identify potential lower back pain triggers, especially if you’re not sure what caused your pain. Based on your triggers, Dr. Cook can help you develop habits to reduce your triggers and potentially avoid back pain in the future.

What causes lower back pain?

Low back pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, including:

  • Intersegmental joint dysfunction
  • Lumbar facet syndrome
  • Sprains and strains
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Herniated discs

Depending on the location and severity of your pain, Dr. Cook can identify potential pain generators and develop an exam and treatment plan that’s personalized based on your symptoms.

How is lower back pain diagnosed?

At Brave Roots Chiropractic, Dr. Cook diagnoses the cause of your lower back pain following a consultation, exam, and X-rays of your spine. Your exam includes an assessment of your range of motion, nerve function, and muscle strength as well as orthopedic tests to check for mechanical and structural issues in your back that could be causing your pain.

Dr. Cook then takes X-rays of your back in the office, for your convenience. If additional imaging or testing is needed, he refers you to an imaging facility. Once he’s reviewed your exam results and X-rays, Dr. Cook explains his findings to you and diagnoses the cause of your pain. He also shows you where your pain is coming from on your X-rays and outlines a treatment plan to address your condition.

How is lower back pain treated?

Lower back pain treatment depends on your diagnosis and symptoms. Dr. Cook first addresses your symptoms — especially any pain or discomfort you’re experiencing — before adding in advanced therapies to address any functional issues in your back. This approach allows Dr. Cook to help with your symptoms while also treating the root cause of your pain.

Treatments may include chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, therapeutic exercises, or acupuncture.

To schedule an exam, call or book online at Brave Roots Chiropractic now.