It only takes one experience with debilitating back pain to understand how crippling it can be. Sometimes the onset of pain results from some external force such as a car accident. However, there are times when a person can experience the same symptoms as a result of sleeping on a poor mattress or simply sitting for an extended time. The unpredictable nature of back pain has frustrated medical experts for years. Thankfully, there are now treatment methods available such as spinal decompression therapy that can help remedy the problems. Finding a skilled spinal decompression Charleston chiropractor or physician is vitally important.
Here are some interesting facts cited by the American Spinal Decompression Association about back pain:
- It is estimated that between 75 percent and 85 percent of all Americans will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime.
- The experts estimate that one-half of all patients who experience an incident of low back pain will experience another similar or related incident of back pain within twelve months.
- It is also estimated that $50 billion in fees and expenses are spent each year just on procedures for diagnosing back pain.
- Work productivity in the US is negatively affected by back pain as it is one of the most common reasons for missed work. The second most common reason for making an appointment to see a doctor is back pain and is only surpassed by upper-respiratory infections.
- Chronic pain can often be debilitating to the extent that a normal and healthy lifestyle can be unattainable.
- Most causes of back pain are not related to the conditions that most people consider ‘serious’ such as cancer or a broken bone, but are simply mechanical in nature.
In most instances, the pain you feel in your back after making a sudden movement or lifting a heavy object is actually caused by a form of ‘pre-existing’ condition. In some cases, you might have a mild or severe loss of integrity in your spine or the muscles and ligaments attached to it. This weakness in your core can result in a more serious injury or condition.
What Can Cause Low Back Pain
There are many ‘moving’ parts in your anatomy. This can often make it difficult to determine the cause of the pain you are experiencing. Some of the common ones include:
-Strain or tears to the muscles or ligaments supporting the back
-Small fractures to the spine from osteoporosis
-Poor alignment or fixations of the vertebrae
-Injury or overuse of muscles, ligaments, facet joints, and the sacroiliac joints.
-Degeneration of the discs in your back, herniated discs and bulging discs
-Spinal curvatures (scoliosis; kyphosis)
-Spinal stenosis (spinal canal narrowing)
-Muscle spasm (muscles that contract for extended time)
-Ankylosing spondylitis (form of joint inflammation)
-Bacterial infection (bacteria carried to the spine through the bloodstream)
-Osteomyelitis (infection in the bone or in the spinal cord)
-Spinal tumors or growths
-Paget’s disease (causes abnormal bone growth)
-Scheuermann’s disease (one or more of the bones of the vertebrae develop deformities)
You might also be at risk for back pain if you are over 30 years old, have bad posture, don’t exercise, are overweight, smoke tobacco, or are pregnant. And, of course, anyone working in a job that requires heavy lifting and/or lots of body contortions such as bending and twisting may be more likely to suffer a back injury or experience back pain.
Regardless of the cause, it is imperative that anyone suffering back pain get the proper treatment. In extreme cases, it might be necessary to have a surgical procedure. However, in most cases, spinal decompression therapy can be the most effective treatment option. Be sure to get examined by a competent chiropractor or physician in Charleston who specializes in this form of treatment before undergoing surgery. It will be much less invasive, less painful and less expensive.
Here is a video that can help with some at-home remedies: