Back pain disorders can turn your entire life sideways.
They can make many everyday actions a chore, from picking up a box of supplies to walking up a flight of stairs. When you combine lower back pain with upper back pain? It’s a recipe for disaster. Chiropractors are familiar with the day-to-day frustrations you’re dealing with, able to provide you a means of gaining your life back one session at a time. If you’ve considered the benefits of physical therapy, look below to learn more about back pain.
It can be hard to imagine anything else, but back pain disorders don’t have to rule your life.
The Definition Of Chronic Pain
The first, and most important, step is to learn what you’re dealing with. This will better help chiropractors diagnose you and provide you the pain relief necessary to lead a comfortable life. Chronic pain is defined as any significant pain that lasts for three months or more. This can be a constant neck twinge that doesn’t abate or stiffness in your lower back every time you sit for long periods. It’s estimated over one and a half billion people around the world suffer from chronic pain.
Back Pain Disorders In America
While chronic pain can take on several forms, back pain remains one of the most persistent. Studies have found back pain to be the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections and its variants. It’s thought up to 30 million Americans (or more) struggle with lower back pain at any given point in time. One study saw a third of female patients struggling with back pain, compared to a quarter of male patients. Chiropractors have the ability to diagnose your issue and provide resources to help.
Causes Of Lower And Upper Back Pain
Why is back pain so common? It has something to do with our lifestyles and the little signs we overlook. Some back pain can be exacerbated by work — many jobs require standing for long periods or sitting for long periods. Other forms of back pain can be made worse through bearing children, the onset of age, or peripheral illnesses. It’s essential not to ignore the signs of your chronic pain getting worse, as the sooner a chiropractor treats you, the better off.
Different Forms Of Treatment For Back Pain
Just like there’s no one-size-fits-all for a shirt, so too does physical therapy have different varieties. You can try physical therapy for mild to moderate back pain, especially if it’s a recent issue. Spinal disorder treatment, however, can be very useful for back pain caused by whiplash or workplace injuries. An 2017 Statista survey revealed nearly 30% of American adults with back problems believed stress was the root cause of their pain. This was followed by 25% blaming weak muscles and a general lack of exercise.
Basic Questions To Ask Your Chiropractor
When you have a chronic pain issue that’s starting to take over your life, the only logical course of action is to talk to a medical professional. It’s intimidating, but the sooner you look into treatment is the sooner you start to recover. Chiropractors are deeply familiar with the way the body works and what is needed to improve it. A survey of American adults found the overwhelming majority (80%) stating chiropractic care could help them a great deal with neck or back pain. Whether or not you’ll be using physical therapy or spinal disorder rehabilitation depends on your diagnosis.
Back pain is not forever. Talk to Dr. Michael Sinel about your symptoms this week and see what treatment options are available to you.