More than 7 million Americans will visit chiropractors for low back pain issues. It is the number one reason for disability in America. 50% of working people in America have low back pain, which is the number one reason why people miss work. In an average year, people in the United States will spend $50 million on care and medication for this issue. At any given time, there are 31 million people suffering from lower back pain.
What is low back pain and what are its symptoms?
Any pain that is experienced below the ribcage of the lower back or the lumbar region is referred to as low back pain. The pain can range from being mild, dull, stabbing or shooting. It can cause difficulty when you try to stand, sit, or simply move about. Where a person suffers for more than three months, the situation is considered chronic. Some patients suffer fever, leg weakness, and loss of bladder and bowel control as well. When the pain is experience for more than 72 hours, that individual should visit a doctor.
What causes low back pain?
A problem in any part of your spine can lead to low back pain. It is common for back pain to alleviate itself overtime—even in severe cases. Surgery is rarely needed. If there is an injury to the back muscle or ligament, this can cause low back pain. This usually occurs from improper lifting, poor posture, obesity, inactivity, arthritis, fractures or ruptured discs. There is a long list of other contributing ailments like fibromyalgia, herniated disk, kidney infection, osteomyelitis, osteoporosis, pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, scoliosis, spinal fractures, sprains, and strains.
How is low back pain usually diagnosed and treated?
There are many reasons why patients have low back pain. According to Spine Health, “the large nerve roots in the lower back that go to the legs may be irritated or the smaller nerves that supply the lower back may be irritated. Also the large paired lower back muscles may be strained, the bones, ligaments or joints may be damaged, and the intervertebral disc may be degenerating. Whereas most causes wont warrant immediate care from a doctor, these might. In these cases, doctors will conduct a thorough exam to deduce the specific reasons for the ailment.
How can chiropractic care help alleviate or treat low back pain?
Patients who suffer from low back pain are usually seeking the expert chiropractic care of professionals like Dr. Holly Clemens. As many as 22 million Americans seek out this alternative medicinal practice. Players of sports often have muscle strains and other sports injuries that require her expert techniques. She has worked with people of all ages and lifestyles, from babies to professional athletes!
Don’t allow your body to suffer another moment from low back pain. There’s no need to seek out expensive surgeries or take pain medications with horrible side effects when Dr. Holly offers a natural solution to this very common issue. Call us today at 980-422-2000 to schedule an in-person consultation, complete with a physical exam and X-rays. Dr. Holly will determine what spinal abnormalities may be causing you pain and may even perform an initial adjustment to get you on track to a pain-free life! (Note: If you have been prescribed pain medications, it’s important to keep taking them until otherwise advised by Dr. Holly or your primary care physician.)
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