Do You Have Back Pain?
According to Dr. Clark Eckert of Oak Ridge, TN, up to 80% of Americans will suffer from some form of back pain in their lives. Whether it’s low, mid, or upper back pain, all of these back problems share a common bond, which is pain.
A chiropractor can put diagnosis and treatment into perspective for the back-pain sufferer. They can take x-rays of the back and find out what is causing the back pain. It may even be an injury that the person never knew existed. When x-rays are done, they can help chiropractors pinpoint the cause for back pain and people will understand what they can do to help alleviate their back pain.
Your back is a very complex structure of bones, ligaments, muscles and joints. And as any other compound body part, your back is more sensitive to various injuries, manipulations and even simple movements.
Ruptured discs, sprained ligaments and muscles, irritated joints, as well as arthritis, obesity, poor posture and psychological stress can all cause or lead to back pain. If you are in professional sports or lead an active lifestyle, you may constantly live with back pain. However, sometimes simple movements, such as picking up a pen from the floor or reaching for a TV-remote can cause acute and sudden back pain.
Certain diseases of the internal organs, such as kidney infections and stones, bone loss and blood clots can result in sharp back pain and discomfort.
As we see back pain is not that rare as we might think of it. Actually, according to statistics, over 31 million of Americans experience low-back pain at any given period of time.
One of the old proverbs says: “It is better to stop your enemy on the field, than to kick him out of your house.” For this reason, I have prepared some interesting statistics that may increase your awareness about back pain and its consequences.
- According to the Global Burden of Disease 2010, low back pain became the single leading cause of disability across the world.
- 50% of all working Americans have back pain and/or its symptoms each year.
- Back pain is a second-leading reason for missed work, outnumbered by upper-respiratory infections.
- Recent studies show that as many as 80% of the world’s population will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
- Over $50 billion is spent each year on back pain treatment in the U.S.
- And finally, most cases of back pain are of non-organic origin, but mechanical.
Manipulation as a Treatment for Back Problems
The easy solution for back pain can become its timely treatment. Time plays an essentially important role in a positive outcome.
Often my patients visit me after they experience pervasive conditions and can’t block pain on their own. And the treatment in this case can take a lot longer than it could have provided the patient visited the doctor after the first symptoms appeared.
Today chiropractic care can offer a great variety of conservative, cost-effective treatment and care programs. And one of the most common therapeutic treatments is manipulation, also known manual manipulation or spinal manipulation. In simple words, a chiropractic manipulation’s goal is to reduce the subluxation and nerve irritability; increase the range of motion and improve the overall body’s health by applying manipulation to the vertebrae.
It may sound a bit scary, especially if during the first treatment session you will hear cracks (joint cavitation) coming from inside. But let me convince you that chiropractic spinal manipulation is a completely safe and very effective pain treatment. It is safe not only for adults, but also for older people and even newly-born.
In fact, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, one of the federal government research organizations, recommends going with the most conservative care first to treat low back pain before trying conventional medicine methods, such as drugs and surgery.
The American Chiropractic Association strongly recommends learning more about conservative treatment plans first. Often patients with low back pain experience great relief after just several chiropractic treatment sessions. And the necessity in surgery simply vanishes! Search the database for ACA and find a chiropractor near you if you experience back pain.
To prevent is always easier than to heal. I have prepared a list of tips on how to keep your back in good health.
- Maintain healthy weight
- Stick to a balanced diet
- Stay active
- Avoid physical inactivity
- Stretch and warm up before any physical activity and exercise
- Keep good posture
- Wear comfortable shoes (if possible comfortable low-heeled shoes)
- Don’t twist when lifting any objects
- Lift objects with your knees, not your back
- Sleep on a medium firmness mattress
- Don’t smoke, as smoking results in necessary nutrient and oxygen deprivation
- Visit your chiropractor regularly to ensure your body works correctly!