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What is lower back pain?

Lower back pain occurs as a result of the trauma, or accident or it may develop due to the aging process of the spine, or simply poor posture or overuse. Commonly the cause of the back pain is mechanical secondary to a disc, joint, tendon, muscle or ligament. Back problems are the 5th most common health issue people face in the world. It may also refer to the lumbosacral region. A part of your back where the spine meets the pelvis and otherwise known as Sacro-iliac joint pain. This is one of the more common in pregnant women, but it can afflict anyone. Many suffer due to acute back pain, which lasts from few days to few weeks. Subacute back pain can last between 4 and 12 weeks while chronic is greater than 3 months. Be aware of these time frames and see your physical therapist or chiropractor ASAP.

Statistics

In the year 1997 in America,

In the year 2013 in America,

More women suffer from back problems compared to men

54% of American people experience back pain due to their posture especially the way they sit at work.
37% of affected people in America don’t seek professional help.

Where people initially go for help?

How people rated their treatments

What causes back problems?

At present it is the most common issue in orthopaedics and physical therapy. You may do many activities such as lifting the wrong way, over time it will catch up. Eventually a quick, simple movement such as bending at your waist or reaching for something can lead to excruciating pain. Most of the people with chronic pain are suffering from arthritis, but there are also many other reasons for chronic pain like surgical dilemmas. On another note, one may have extra wear and tear of the spine, due to work, surgery, obesity, fractures, or physical injuries, like weightlifters, construction workers, to deal with. The majority of the pain classified as mechanical back pain, is associated with soft tissue or muscular injury. When movement accompanied by spasms in the back muscles this is the way the body is trying to protect some injury to the spine. When pain develops initially use ice to reduce inflammation. After a day switch to heat for comfort.

Chronic back pain causes

Chronic back pain defined as back pain as it lasts for more than three months. It can be caused by various things including:

Treatments for chronic pain

It varies depending on the source and the type of pain. If the treatable source found, then underlying the process is treated. As well as reducing pain it improves the quality of life and increases the overall function. Treatments include several categories such as physical therapy, coping skills, medications, acupuncture and medical procedures, etc. Healthcare providers will tailor a program that addresses the patient’s needs.

Acute low back pain causes

It occurs due to a sudden injury to the ligaments and muscles that support the back. The main causes of pain are strained or spasm or tears in the muscles and ligaments. Common causes include:

Treatments for acute pain

Physical therapy modalities such as traction, ultrasound, mobilization, electrical stimulation and chiropractic manipulation can be required. A physical therapist offers more advice and educates on strategies for resuming activities, prevention of recurrence, conditioning, restoring motion and achieving a comfortable sleep. For people who suffer recurrent back pain, medication is necessary as well as a physical therapist supervised exercise program is advisable. Emphasis placed on optimizing trunk or “core” strength and thus improves general flexibility.

Physical therapy for back pain and sciatica

People want to be mobile, if you suffer from an attack of sciatica the most important thing is to be physically active. Lying in bed leads to pain that will last longer. Healthy exercises increase the blood flow to nerves and disks, which help to get rid of chemicals that lead to inflammation. It is worth seeing a physical therapist because they can prescribe stretching exercises to restore flexibility and moves that strengthen core muscles and help to stabilize the spine and reduce injuries.

What to expect from physical therapy?

Initial evaluation is the first process, prepare yourself to be moved around a bit (wear comfortable clothes and make sure the lower back is accessible)
You will be asked about your present problem and history
Some questions will help us to understand the nature of the problem
Measurements will be taken on your movement (range of strength and motion)
It is important for you to be proactive in your treatment

Chiropractic Treatment

It is a form of medicine that focuses on diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the spine under belief these disorders affects general health through the nervous system. Chiropractors will use their hands to treat bone disorders, joints and muscles it is also known as chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractors offer rehabilitation, exercise, lifestyle, and diet advice that involve a lot of exercises. Some chiropractors offer alternative treatment known as acupuncture. They can be used to treat a range of conditions such as infant colic, and asthma, etc.

Chiropractic care for back pain

It is one of the best ways to treat and diagnose health issues that affects muscles, nerves, joints and bones in the human body. Healthcare providers offer chiropractic care and are known as chiropractors. Chiropractor offers hands-on adjustment in the spine known as spine manipulation. Herniated discs lead to back pain and are treated with spinal decompression. A spinal readjustment helps the joints to move more freely and a great treatment for lower back injuries. The best treatment is to help the back without using dangerous painkillers as opioid abuse is on the rise with kids and adults.

What to expect from Bodhizone?

People suffering from acute and chronic back pain are most welcome to our healthcare center. Our multidisciplinary approaches by skilled and licensed professionals treat you with care and support. Based on your back pain the treatment varies, some may need physical therapy and some people need chiropractic care. Our lead Osteopathic physician will help direct your path to wellness. Licensed therapists are well qualified in manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, manipulation of the spine, joints, Chinese medicine and tissues to get rid of back pain naturally without using any drugs.