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Causes of Lower Back Pain: Can it Be the Neck?

Does your back ache regularly? You’re not alone. It’s a common issue. Studies show over 20% of the world’s population experience chronic lower back pain. While many people assume the causes of lower back pain involve the lumbar spine, it may surprise you that’s not always the case. Symptoms in your lower back can be related to the craniocervical junction (CCJ). Keep reading to learn about the connection between CCJ and lower back pain.

What is the Craniocervical Junction?

The craniocervical junction (CCJ) is the region where the skull connects to your cervical spine, typically consisting of seven vertebrae extending from C1 to C7. This junction is essential for the spine’s stability, allowing the head and neck to move freely. It’s also responsible for controlling blood flow to the head and neck and protecting vital nerves in the area. The CCJ is a complex area containing many joints, ligaments, and muscles. An issue like the ASC (atlas subluxation complex) with the craniocervical junction can lead to various symptoms, including headaches, neck pain, and lower back pain.

How Does the ASC at the CCJ Affect Lower Back Pain?

While the CCJ is not directly connected to the lumbar spine, misalignments in the area can lead to back pain. The CCJ affects the tension in the spine’s muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues. If these muscles become tight or strained, the pressure can affect other areas of the spine, leading to pain in the lower back. Furthermore, if there is a misalignment in the CCJ, it can cause misalignments of the vertebrae further down the spine. This can lead to nerve impingement, which can cause lower back pain.

How Can I Treat Lower Back Pain Caused by CCJ?

The first step to treating lower back pain caused by the CCJ is to identify the root of the problem. At Nimbus Brain & Spine San Diego, we begin all NUCCA upper cervical care treatment plans with a comprehensive evaluation. We’re not your typical chiropractor. From state-of-the-art equipment, such as our CBCT imaging, to our advanced spinal software that analyzes your spine for misalignments, we have the resources to get you on the road to recovery. These tools allow us to target the exact location of the misalignment and create an individualized plan for your recovery.

The care plan includes NUCCA correction, a gentle, non-invasive technique that works to realign the CCJ. Unlike traditional chiropractic care, NUCCA is an extremely precise treatment. There’s no twisting, cracking, or popping involved. This helps to relieve pressure on nerves and muscles, restoring balance in the spine and reducing lower back pain. With the help of our specialized tools and our doctors’ expertise, we can ensure you get the best care possible.

Are you experiencing lower back pain? Contact Nimbus Brain & Spine San Diego today at 858-432-3072 to schedule a comprehensive evaluation and to learn more about our NUCCA upper cervical care treatment plans that can treat many of the causes of lower back pain. Our experienced team is dedicated to supporting your health, comfort, and overall well-being.

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