Lower Back pain is one of the most common complaints affecting 9 out of 10 Americans in their lifetime and 5 out of 10 adults every year. Americans spend more than $50 billion each year on low back pain and it is the most common cause for job-related disability and leading contributor to missed work. 50% of workers report having episodes of low back pain each year. Lower back pain affects areas of the back ranging from above the legs to just below the ribs, the core area that holds most of the body’s weight. Radiation to the hips, buttocks, thighs and lower legs is common.
Common Symptoms and Causes of Lower Back Pain
Common causes of lower back pain are from strain (such as lifting an item improperly), injury or overuse from doing uncommon or monotonous tasks and may last for a few days up to a few weeks. Lower back pain that is more severe, lasting longer than a few days/weeks is a sign that the underlying cause is not a simple one and in need of immediate attention from a health care professional. Other factors contributing to back pain are aging, arthritis, osteoporosis, illness, birth defects and excess weight.
Lower back pain can cause a variety of symptoms depending on its location and may be acute, recurring, or chronic. Many people mistakenly view back pain as a normal process of age. Though back pain is common, it definitely is not normal, and often an indication of something more severe. Lower back pain can affect bowel function, motor function and even affect our sexual activity and drive.
Lower Back Pain Treatment
There are 2 common treatments to lower back pain: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and surgery. The most common medical treatment is the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen). This treatment method might temporarily alleviate symptoms, but often does not address the underlying cause of pain. Additionally the medical research showing us that chronic use of these can cause cancer, kidney or liver damage. The second medical option is surgery of which there are 916,000 spinal surgeries performed each year in the US most of which must be redone after 5 years. It is common for post-surgical complications to require further interventions. Low back surgery should be the last option after all other conservative treatments have been tried, most importantly, a program of conservative chiropractic care.
Our Chiropractic Treatment for Lower Back Pain
The 22 Health approach does not cover up the symptoms associated with low back pain, but actually finds and treats damaged areas for complete healing that lasts a lifetime. Most often this includes x-rays of your spine to check for subluxation that will diminish nerve supply. If nerve supply is diminished at all it must be restored so the body can heal at 100%. Along with proper chiropractic adjustments, a program of rehabilitation is prescribed to maximize soft tissue healing. Other aspects include 22 Health Workshops to teach you how to fuel your body and move your body back towards health during your recovery. Since being overweight and/or obese is a common factor in low back pain, 22 Health Workshops minimize the chance of an exacerbation and recurrence of arthritis allowing you to obtain great health.