We know that Doctors of Chiropractic treat more than just back pain, but many patients initially visit chiropractors looking for relief from this pervasive condition. And if you’ve ever experienced low back pain yourself, you know just how debilitating it can be.
A few interesting facts about back pain:
- Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain.
- Experts estimate 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.
- Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
Although several risk factors have been identified (including occupational posture, depressive moods, obesity, body height, age), the causes of low back pain remain obscure. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pencil from the floor— can have painful results.
The back is a complex network of bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and nerves. And the truth is that pain is often triggered by a combination of overuse and irritation to these structures that support the spine. Over time, a back injury that is not managed correctly will lead to compensatory patterns and an imbalance in the spine. This continued dysfunction makes your body susceptible to further injury and lifelong episodes of recurring pain.
It is important to have a thorough examination to determine the next appropriate steps regarding treatment and format an appropriate exercise regimen tailored to your specific injury. Let’s keep you in the game, schedule today.