80% of the population will develop disabling back pain at some point in their life, and at any one time 20% of the population is experiencing back pain...think of that next time you sit in a crowded room - 1 in 5 of you is suffering.
Lower back pain costs the NHS and our society in general millions of pounds every year.
Chiropractors are increasingly used in the war against this disturbing epidemic. The recent National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued (May 2009) a publication advising on early management of non-specific back pain and in this recommends a course of spinal manipulation. http://www.nice.org.uk/CG88
Pain from the lower back can affect anywhere in the lower limb. Commonly the pain will refer into the buttock and the back or front of the thigh and occasionally all the way to the foot and toes. This may be associated with some numbness, tingling or pins and needles.