Most people suffer from lower back pain at some point in their life. Some develop chronic/ongoing pain that may be difficult to treat. Chiropractic care for lower back pain is a functional and corrective approach at treating the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. Reducing muscle spasm, improving spinal alignment and mobility, and strengthening the core muscles are essentials of chiropractic care that must be addressed. Research shows that chiropractic care coupled with a transition to specific exercises is superior to use of medications for symptom management, both short, and long term. Many treatment guidelines recommend chiropractic manipulation as the first step in treating lower back pain.