Back Pain Facts & Statistics
Although chiropractors care for more than just back pain, many patients visit chiropractors looking for relief from this pervasive condition. In fact, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time.
A few interesting facts about back pain:
·One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
·Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
·Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
·Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.
·Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.
What Causes Back Pain?
The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pencil from the floor— can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.
Tips to prevent Back Pain
·Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
·Remain active—under the supervision of your doctor of chiropractic.
·Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
·Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities, such as gardening.
·Maintain proper posture.
·Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes
·Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
·Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
·Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
·Work with your doctor of chiropractic to ensure that your computer workstation is ergonomically correct.
Feel free to contact our office (256 442 1441) anytime if you have questions about your back pain.