11.18.16 | Chiropractic

Condition: Back Pain

I’m a chiropractor, so helping my patients deal with back pain is something I do every day. There are a number of therapies and treatments available. Following is a quick look at some facts about back pain. If you’re suffering from pain in your back, call today to make an appointment. We’ll work together to help you find relief.

What are the symptoms of back pain?

Symptoms of low back problems include :

  • Pain in the low back
  • Pain in the legs or feet
  • Numbness or tingling in the legs or feet
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Stiffness

While pain is primarily present in the back, you may also experience symptoms in the legs and feet.

How prevalent is back pain?

If you’re experiencing low back pain – you’re not alone:

Eighty-five percent of Americans will experience back pain during their lives.
Fifteen percent of Alaskans are suffering from back pain right now.
Back pain is the second most common reason for missing work, the second most common reason for doctor visits, and the third most common reason for surgery.
A total of $75 billion is spent annually on low back pain treatment.

What causes back pain?

Low back pain can be caused by a number of common conditions, including:

  • Subluxations – These are “stuck” or “out of place” vertebrae (the bones in your spine).
  • Disc degeneration – Discs between vertebrae worn thin due to loss of fluid content.
  • Bulging or herniated discs – Discs between vertebrate push to one side or rupture.
  • Arthritis – Deteriorating cartilage that covers the ends of the bones in the joints.

These conditions are caused by a number of factors, including poor posture, a sedentary lifestyle, injuries, obesity, dehydration or just plain age.

What can be done about back pain?

The good news is that low back pain is treatable. Some of the most effective treatments include :

  • Chiropractic Care
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Surgery in rare cases
  • Advanced treatments, such as the Decompression Reduction Stabilization (DRS) System, a safe, effective process that removes pressure from the discs and joints.

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