This very moment 31 million Americans are suffering from low-back pain. (Source) It could be you that is suffering from back pain, the single leading cause of disability in the U.S. Whether the back pain is caused by a work injury, arthritis, cancer or something else, many Americans miss work, visit the doctor and take medication each year for this symptom. According to surveys, an astounding 80% of the population will have back pain some time in our life.
Why do we suffer from back-related pain?
There are many reasons for back pain. The back is made up of a structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. The back also has sensitive nerves traveling down to the legs. Irritating any of these areas can lead to problems. There is also upper back pain and lower pain related pain, lower back pain is the most common type.
Upper Back Pain
Pain in this part of the body can occur from trauma, injury or from strain and posture. Upper body pain can occur in people who work at computers for long periods of time and sit in an uncomfortable posture. Many of these cases can be related to myofascial pain or joint dysfunction.
Lower Back Pain
This area of the back is the most commonly associated with back pain. The severity of pain can very and causes can vary depending on age and fitness level. They could be caused by a muscle strain, degenerating disc, disc herniation, osteoarthritis, a fracture or something else.
How can Chiropractic Care help?
Regular chiropractic adjustments can help with back pain. Direct pressure applied to your spine and manipulations will help reduce swelling and inflammation. It will increase healing, improve circulation and help with pain and tightness.
What else can ease back pain?
It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and maintain a treatment plan in addition to your visits to the chiropractor. Rest and exercise are always recommended as a part of recovery. Always rest and relax immediately after injury as you could further injury the back. Once your tissue begins to heal you can begin to exercise and build your strength back up again. Make sure to not push it too hard and only follow the recommended exercise plan from your chiropractor, physical therapist, or doctor etc.
- Heat/Ice packs
- Exercise/stretching (low impact, only at the advice of doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist)
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain today. Don’t let this pain ruin your daily life. The pain caused can be improved by spinal manipulations, rest and exercise. Visit your chiropractor today for advice on how to improve your health and wellness and to get rid of back pain.