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The Cause of Lower Back Pain May Be Located in the Neck 

 September 2, 2018

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

the-cause-of-lower-back-pain-may-be-located-in-the-neckDoes your lower back pain cause you to be uncomfortable in whatever position you are in? Standing, sitting, and even lying in bed can be painful. As many as 80 percent of people in the USA will experience back pain at some point in their life. The majority of your weight is carried on your lower back, making it the target for pain. Wear and tear, accidents, and other injuries can cause the discs, soft tissue, and vertebrae to become compromised and to weaken, leading to a chronic problem.

It is important to understand how the spine is connected. There are several structures that make up the spine.

  • Tendons, ligaments, muscles and other soft tissues
  • Joints
  • Discs

If any one of these are not working properly or have encountered an injury, they may be the reason for lower back pain.

How the Neck Plays a Part in Lower Back Pain

The spine works as a unit. Therefore, what happens in one area of the spine affects other areas of the spine as well. This especially applies to lower back pain. Often, the pain you are experiencing in your lower back is the consequence of a long-term problem in the neck area.

The atlas or C1 vertebra is located at the very top of the neck and it is responsible for supporting the weight of the head. The head can weigh as much as 14 pounds. The atlas also allows the head to move in many directions. Because of this range of motion, the atlas bone is more susceptible to misaligning than other vertebrae in the spine. If this bone becomes misaligned, a number of imbalances in your posture can occur, eventually leading to problems in the lower back. The head, shoulders, and hips become out of alignment, leading to abnormal movements, degeneration of discs, and unequal muscle tension.

Upper cervical chiropractors focus on making sure the atlas bone is in its proper place. If it is misaligned, we use a gentle method to help it move back where it belongs without the need to pop or crack the spine. This often brings relief from lower back pain.

To find an upper cervical specialist in your area go to http://www.NUCCA.org or if you are in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area CALL 423-402-4602 to schedule a consultation

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Dr. Todd Osborne


Dr. Todd Osborne has completed extensive post-graduate education in Activator Methods, and has hundreds of hours in continuing education in Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Neurology, and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist, certified by the Atlas Orthogonal Board and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Todd Osborne

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