Are you suffering from back pain? Well, you are not alone. At least 31 million Americans complain of back pain each year, and they collectively spend about $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the easily identified costs, like missed work and medication. There are numerous factors that cause back pain and it can result in adverse lifestyle setbacks, including the inability to work. Back pain can range from a minor ache to a stabbing sensation that can leave you bedridden for days.
Back pain is normally a result of a misalignment in the spine. Even though most people think chiropractors only deal with back and neck pain, they can actually help with much more than musculoskeletal issues. However, since back pain is an incredibly common complaint among most Americans and chiropractors are the best defense against back pain, let’s take a look at how chiropractic care can bring relief to back pain sufferers.
What Causes Back Pain?
Back pain can be caused by a vertebral misalignment, and it is the most common reason that people visit chiropractors. It is a reliable indication that something is amiss in the spine. In certain cases, the back pain radiates to the leg and even reduces the range of motion of the back.
Awkward movements and repeated heavy lifting can cause strain in the ligaments in the back, and other skeletal irregularities, such as scoliosis, in which your spine curves sideways, can cause severe back pain. Disk diseases wherein the soft tissue inside the disk ruptures or bulges and then presses on a nerve can cause stabbing back pain. Bone diseases such as Arthritis and Osteoporosis are other causes of back pain. Arthritis can narrow the space near the spinal cord and porous or brittle bones can cause compression fractures of the spinal vertebrae. People prone to anxiety and depression are also more susceptible to back pain.
Apart from age, other risk factors for back pain are due to poor lifestyle choices. Obesity and lack of exercise result in both skeletal imbalance and weak muscles. Smoking is also known to cause a deficiency in nutrient supply resulting in back pain. An injury related to a driving accident or a fall can also leave sharp back pain. In one study, a 10-year-old boy was referred to a chiropractor by his pediatrician after he had a serious fall. The boy reported having complete pain relief after just 6 regular visits to his chiropractor.
Another cause of back pain is pregnancy. Pregnancy causes a shift in weight and loosening of tendons and ligaments throughout the body, which leads the back muscles to bear the imbalance for an extended period of time. In another study, a 35-year-old woman in her seventh month of pregnancy was experiencing severe back pain. The pain was severe to the extent that it affected her ability to walk and sit. After receiving chiropractic care during 13 visits spread over 6 weeks, she reported a complete reduction in her acute back pain and was able to walk, sit and travel by car to carry out her daily activities.
Chiropractic Care Is Incredibly Effective at Reducing Back Pain
Pain is normally the last symptom the body shows after a considerable build-up of miscommunication within the nervous system. Back pain can thus be an indication of a cumulative chronic problem, stress, or a signal of malfunction in certain areas of the spine. Hence, at the earliest onset of back pain, it is crucial to consult and initiate chiropractic care.
Medicines are the most commonly used treatment for back pain, but they are just temporary pain suppressants. If you are looking for a permanent solution for your back pain and want to eliminate taking unnecessary drugs, contact Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic.
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