80% of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Moreover, it is estimated that lower back pain affects more than half of the adult population every year and that over 10% of all people experience frequent bouts of lower back pain throughout the course of their lives.
Back pain can be painful, debilitating and persistent, and some people suffer repeated episodes. It can also be associated with other symptoms, such as leg pain or sciatica. It may start following a specific incident, such as bending awkwardly or lifting a heavy weight. Or it can develop gradually, perhaps as a result of poor posture, an uncomfortable work position or repetitive strain.
Fortunately, as long as your lower back is functioning correctly, it can withstand tremendous forces without sustaining any injury. However, if your lower back is out of adjustment or has weakened supporting muscles, simple daily tasks can exacerbate or instigate injury.
- Why do people get back pain? Open Close
People experience back related pain for all sorts of reasons. It might be due to poor posture when sitting or standing, or because their work or lifestyle causes stress and strain on their back.
Worry or stress can also cause some tension in the back muscles. As a result this can delay recovery of existing back pain. Sometimes an old injury, or wear and tear over time, might also cause problems.
However, there is often no obvious reason why this kind of pain develops.
Although it can be very painful, back pain rarely has a serious underlying cause. Therefore, Seeing a qualified health professional, such as a chiropractor or physiotherapist can help. This is because of their experience in identifying the issues, in conclusion addressing the cause.
- Symptoms of back pain Open Close
Back pain can be very uncomfortable, this is mainly due to the tissues and structures of the back being very susceptible to injury.
The symptoms can be felt in one or both sides of the back, sometimes between the shoulder blades or from waist level and into the buttocks and down the front or back of the legs. The symptoms may vary from sharp to dull aching, and can spread into the lower legs and sometimes as far as the feet.
If the pain does not go away after a few days, or starts to get worse, it is worth seeking professional advice. Early diagnosis and management will help you get better faster and stop things worsening.
- Types of therapy that can help Open Close
There are multiple modalities of care that you may find help. Many of these work by identifying the tissues that have been subject to stress and addressing ways to reduce these stresses.
Some of the modalities you may find helpful include:
Many people find that combinations of these types of care help in order to address all areas of the injury.
To learn more about how each model of care can help you click on the links above.
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