If you haven’t experienced back pain, you are one of few. Experts say about 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Whether it comes in the form of a sharp sting, a dull ache or a burning sensation, back pain is a major reason people visit a chiropractor. In fact, about 30 million Americans seek chiropractic care for back pain every year.
The back is made up of bones, ligaments, muscles, and joints, all of which can be sprained, strained and ruptured, ultimately leading to back pain. The smallest movements can cause back pain such as picking something off the ground. Arthritis, posture, and obesity have been known to cause back pain. Other causes include disease of internal organs, blood clots and/or bone loss.
According to the ACA, there are simple steps to take to prevent back pain.
Simple Steps to Prevent Back Pain
- Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
- Remain active—under the supervision of your doctor of chiropractic.
- Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
- Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities, such as gardening.
- Maintain proper posture.
- Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
- Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
- Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
- Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
- Work with your doctor of chiropractic to ensure that your workstation is ergonomically correct.
Consulting a chiropractor is a great way to help back pain. Chiropractors have a thorough knowledge of the human body and take conservative steps to correct complications like back pain.
The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality recommends that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. Spinal manipulation is one of the safest and most effective, drug-free form of care and one form of treatment performed by chiropractors.
If you are currently experiencing low back pain, consult Dr. Dan. Dr. Dan utilizes different chiropractic adjustments and manipulation techniques based on each patient’s presenting symptoms. If you are interested in learning more about back pain and chiropractic care, give us a call!