It may sound odd, but in some cases prescription orthotics are required to alleviate low back pain. Just like the concrete foundation is that which a house relies upon for stability, so are our feet to us: the foundation upon which our bodies rely. Irregularities in foot mechanics and gait can lead to knee, hip and back pain due to rotational forces transmitted into the pelvis and resulting in compensation particularly in the lumbar spine and then progressing upwards.
While chiropractic adjustments can provide relief, this is only short-term and the root cause must be addressed. If left untreated, long-term compensation leads to structural changes in adjacent soft tissues (muscles and ligaments) and can eventually lead to joint degeneration. Dr. Strudwick can assess your gait and determine whether you are a candidate for orthotics.
Our feet are marvels of engineering, but they can fail over time, or not meet our needs as they once did. Prescription shoe orthotics are not necessarily meant to be a life-long device that must be used, but are a tool to allow the individual to function with less discomfort so they can perform their rehab and activities of daily living. The intended goal is that one day they may not need them and can once again function comfortably without an orthotic.