Over 31 million people in the United States experience back pain on a regular basis. Back pain may not seem like a big deal to many, but it is actually the most common reason that people miss work each year. For those with back pain, it can be completely debilitating, making even daily tasks difficult to accomplish. 2019 is the start of a new year, and it can be a new year for you to improve you back health. Use these tips to improve your back health now!
Got Back Pain?
Do you have back pain? If so, you are like the majority of people. An estimated 80% of people will have problems with their back at some point. The American Chiropractic Association reports that at least 31 million Americans are documented as having lower back pain at any given time. Lower back pain is the most common type of pain that people get. This is the area that is the center of the body that supports all your limbs. Back pain can affect anyone no matter their age. It most commonly happens at work, affecting at least ½ of workers. Reportedly, some form of back pain is the most common reason for missing work.
Those who play sports or exercise using weights are at a higher risk for problems with back misalignment. That misalignment is something that easily causes people pain. Have you ever had to pop your back after sitting a certain way for an extended period of time? It is likely your back shifting a bit out of place. Small shifts over time can make for aches and pains in your back for no specific reason. The ACA reports that most people with lower back pain recover from whatever is causing the pain, which is good news for you.
Common Causes of Poor Back Health
Every patient will be different, so the cause of their back pain may be different as well. One of the most common cause of poor back health is the presence of a degenerative disorder (such as arthritis) or a disease. If you have arthritis, it is the first factor in poor back health we would look at. However, injuries are also very common with the back and spine, as an injury could happen from simply turning the wrong way. If you stand up and twist as you do it, you could herniate a disc.
Some patients will have a disc tear or injuries from overuse. Other common causes of poor back health or back pain include vertebral fractures, scoliosis, whiplash, spinal stenosis, pregnancy, and car accidents. For patients who aren’t quite sure what is causing issues with their back, consider posture. Is your back straight when sitting or standing? Do you lift heavy objects with your legs or with your back? Are you lifting unbalanced loads? These are all questions you want to ask yourself if your back is hurting you. Improper lifting, posture, poor shoe support and poor diets can all contribute to poor back health.
Chiropractic Care for Back Pain
We are a center that specializes in helping patients with back issues. We specifically provide our patients with rehabilitative therapies that can realign the spine and help heal injuries quicker. One of the best (and natural) ways to fix problems with the back or spine is to try chiropractic care. Your body follows a natural line that is straight through your back. Over time with work, exercise, sports and daily activities, various joints can become slightly misaligned. That misalignment can continue to happen until you have severe pain and symptoms such as numbness, tingling, atrophy and a loss of range-of-motion.
With chiropractic adjustments, we use gentle manipulation to pop your joints back into place. Patients often feel relief right away. That is also because we use full integrated medical care utilizing doctors, nurses, chiropractors and therapists to relieve your back health issues. All of our specialists collaborate in your care to treat the whole body so you can find relief when other methods haven’t worked.
Where needed, we also perform spinal decompression. This is a therapy that involves a machine and computer connected to your body. When we use decompression on your back, our machine is able to create a biofeedback loop between you and the computer. Disc decompression tables read the amount of stress being placed on them by the patient and allow subtle changes during treatment to allow patients to get relief.
What Can You Do At Home?
If you have problems with your back health, definitely seek professional help in-office. At home, you can do quite a lot to prevent further issues with your back health. If you have a sedentary lifestyle, consider getting active. Those who are sedentary run the risk of less oxygen and nutrients going to the organs and tissues that need them. Exercise does the opposite while keeping inflammation down.
With any activity, always make sure you have the proper footwear for the activity and that you know proper technique (especially with lifting weights). Know your limits with physical labor, chronic conditions, exercise, playing sports and with your age. To take a step in the right direction with your back health, start eating a nutrient-rich diet and cut out sugars, sodas, alcohol, tobacco and other substances that can bring you negative health effects. Start exercising, even if it is something small at first. See a medical professional for health issues and get in to see a chiropractic professional. You can do that by calling Spine Correction Center of the Rockies today at (913) 732-0087!