Low Back Pain Specialist

Empower Medical Center

Medical Center located in Lee’s Summit, MO

Low back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading cause of missed workdays. Chiropractor Chris Long, DC, offers nonsurgical, holistic care for low back pain, including the DRS Protocol™, at Empower Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Surgery and opioid medications aren’t your only options for back pain relief — call or book an appointment online today.

Low Back Pain Q & A

What is low back pain?

Low back pain is a common problem that affects about 80% of adults at some point in life. This type of pain is characterized by discomfort in the lower part of your torso on the back side. Pain may radiate into your glutes or hips and down your legs.

Low back pain ranges in intensity from a dull ache to sharp, stabbing sensation. Pain may be constant or occur only during certain activities, like bending over.

Pain that lasts 4-12 weeks is considered subacute low back pain, while pain that persists for 12 weeks or longer is chronic.

What causes low back pain?

Low back pain may occur suddenly, like after a fall or car accident, or it can develop slowly and worsen over time. Dr. Long and the team at Empower Medical Center treat many causes of low back pain, including:

  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Disc degeneration
  • Herniated or ruptured discs
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fibromyalgia

If you experience back pain that doesn’t improve after a few days of home care, like rest and over-the-counter pain relievers, it’s important to seek treatment at Empower Medical Center as soon as possible.

How is low back pain treated?

Dr. Long and the team at Empower Medical Center is dedicated to using the least invasive pain management techniques possible. If your medical provider recommended surgery to treat your low back pain, the team at Empower Medical Center is happy to evaluate your condition for a second opinion.

They use an integrative approach to managing low back pain and develop individualized treatment plans. Depending on your specific needs, treatment may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Massage therapy
  • DRS Protocol
  • Trigger Point Therapy

Dr. Long is also a certified provider of spinal decompression therapy using the DRS Protocol. This technique has been used for more than 15 years with great success. Decompression is an excellent rehabilitation option to remove pressure from damaged spinal discs in the low back and neck.

To discover a broad range of treatment options for low back pain relief, call Empower Medical Center or book an appointment online today.