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Chronic Low Back Pain

lower back painCan a pair of orthotics help a person with chronic low back pain? In many cases, yes they can. Patients need to comprehend a concept that is relatively easy to understand. The lower extremity is a closed kinetic chain with earth on one end, and gravity on the other. Therefore, all of the joints of the lower extremity have to function to allow a natural gait. It’s like that old song, the hip bone is connected to the leg bone. Yes, an oversimplification to be sure, but a somewhat accurate one. Suffice it to say if you understand the workings of the kinetic chain, you will see it relates to chronic low back pain. We can’t promise a pair of orthotics will help every back pain sufferer. However, many will find their pain reduced or eliminated by a pair of custom orthotics.

How can orthotics help chronic low back pain?

If we think about the lower kinetic chain from the ground up, I think it will make more sense to you. Part of the normal gait cycle is pronation and supination of the forefoot. The primary shock absorption in the body is pronation. Because this takes place at heel strike and is integral to our absorption of the shock created by our foot striking the ground, we need to be aware of how it works. The secondary shock absorption is knee flexion. At heel strike, the knee is in extension, but must flex rapidly to absorb shock. Therefore, it is also important to have proper mechanics in the knee. The knee needs to internally and externally rotate as part of the shock absorption process, thereby allowing the low back to function at its best.

The orthotic solution to chronic low back pain.

By applying a custom orthotic, we can control pronation and supination. This will then correct aberrant motion in the knee allowing for proper knee flexion. Can you see how this could relieve chronic low back pain?

If there is improper shock absorption in the leg, the low back is going to suffer from the shock, due to the improper mechanics.

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Dr Camp is so compassionate! I came in knowing what I needed (new orthotics) and the specific issues with my feet as a runner. He hooked me up with some custom hardshell orthotics as per my request. After the first run, I knew they fit like a glove! No fatigue in my feet or ankles. No issues with my neuromas AND he added some extras in to allow my toes to reach the perfect angle. Giving me more control and a longer stride. If you’re looking for custom orthotics for daily use or as an athlete, Dr Camp is a perfect choice! Will be seeing him in a year for new orthotics.

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"During the 2003 King of the Bay windsurfing competition I hurt my foot. Thought I was going to have to drop out. Dr. Camp taped me up, sent me back out and I won the contest. Thanks Dr. C for the help with my foot I came out a winner !"

Tyson P. ~2005

As an MD I was a little leery of having my orthotics made by a Chiropractor. After meeting Dr. Camp and talking to him for a while, I was impressed with his knowledge and professionalism. He proceeded to give me one of the most through examinations I have ever had. I have received my orthotics and use them for running and walking, I am very happy with the product. Thank you Dr. Camp for the prompt service and attention to detail.

Dr. D. 2019

Ed Camp is an innovative, approachable and helpful Chiropractic Foot Specialist. He cares about his patients, is interested in finding ways to help them and thinks outside the box, in large part because he seems to have a wider range of tools and approaches than traditional podiatrists. I’ve used him for orthotics and the fit has been excellent. But he also has thoughts and suggestions that go beyond just the orthotic fitting and I have found them very helpful. He just gets it.

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