According to the Mayo Clinic skin conditions are the #1 reason people see a doctor. But, did you know that about 60 – 80% of adults in the U.S. have low back pain? It is the second most common reason people visit their doctor (1st are skin conditions). Most other conditions deal with the heart and lungs. Since I am not a dermatologist, I can not address reason #1 but issues with the spine and nervous system I can address. If you are one of the 60-80% you know that low back problems can really debilitate you and it affects your spine’s movement, stability and strength. It affects every movement and can keep you immobile for long periods of time. You may lose a lot of time at work and time with your family and friends because of pain.
When you think of low back pain, you may think of an older person, but back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old! Every year about 13 million people go to the doctor because they are experiencing back pain.
This is a serious problem. Back pain causes approximately 2.4 million Americans to be chronically disabled and another 2.4 million temporarily disabled.
Signs and Symptoms:
* Tenderness, pain, and stiffness in the lower back
* Pain that spreads into the buttocks or legs
* Having a hard time standing up or standing in one position for a long time
* Discomfort while sitting
* Weakness and tired legs while walking
Why does back pain happen?
Most people who come into my office with low back pain describe the injury occurring from a strain from lifting, twisting, or bending. One thing that a lot of people may not know is normally not a one-time occurrence. It is frequently caused by chronic bad posture and long hours of sitting. With all the Hi-techs now, people sit for long periods in front of a computer. Smartphones with texting is common and sedentary lifestyles are on the rise. There are rare cases of low back pain that can be a sign of a more serious condition, such as an infection, a rheumatic or arthritic condition, or a tumor but most of the time it is a musculoskeletal issue and can be helped with proper posture, exercises and lifestyle changes.
Many people under the age of 40 can experience a ruptured or bulging disk. This happens when the middle of the disk leaks out when there pressure or a tear of the disk that is between each vertebra.
Don’t ignore your body’s signals:
You may have had a twinge or a pull that went away and ignored it. Well, that is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. In time, your body will force you to take care of this problem by putting you in pain and interfering with your life.
What are the Risk factors?
*Age (we get tighter when we are older)
*Physical labor (repetitive movements)
So what can help if you are experiencing Low Back Pain? Chiropractic of course!
According to a comprehensive review conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, chiropractic care was determined to both relieve pain and restore function. Chiropractic care is effective for acute and chronic low back pain. We are so successful because we guide your body to its proper position and the stress is taken off the problem area, allowing for inflammation to go away and your body heal naturally.
Chiropractic has great success with back and neck pain! We understand body posture and movement. You don’t need to suffer with back pain our Redwood City Chiropractic office can help!
Here is the list of ailments people see a doctor for in the United States:
1. Skin disorders;
2. Osteoarthritis and joint disorders;
3. Back problems;
4. Cholesterol problems;
5. Upper respiratory conditions, excluding asthma;
6. Anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder;
7. Chronic neurologic disorders;
8. High blood pressure;
9. Headaches and migraines; and
Chiropractors can help with all of these issues by having you incorporate healthy lifestyles. Call us at our Redwood City Chiropractic office today and see how we can guide you to greater health.