Back pain is the most common condition managed by chiropractors. Eighty five percent of Americans have reported experiencing back pain at one time or another and it is more prevalent in populations over the age of 45. In fact, back surgeries are ranked the third most common surgeries performed. However, unless it is absolutely necessary to have a back surgery, people suffering from back pain can get good recovery and outcomes from chiropractic care.
Low back pain is often due to soft tissue strain with subsequent inflammation and spasms in muscles. But, unless trauma is involved, by the time we experience a back pain episode, it occurs at late stages of an ongoing issue that now requires adequate intervention. It is similar to having a tooth cavity that is not painful initially but when it has progressed, it becomes painful and even agonizing.
We are prone to imbalance in our physical frame through childhood, development and further on into adulthood, our body is constantly working to compensate and maintain our balance. These compensatory reactions are at cost of some muscles working harder than others and inducing mechanical stress at various points in our frame, which cumulatively lead to excessive wear and tear and tissue degeneration.
Arthritis, spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, tingling and numbness in legs are typical outcome of long standing physical issues that negatively impact the health of our spine. Muscular de-conditioning due to our sedentary life styles, poor postural habits, repetitive stress and micro trauma are often the original source of advanced spinal symptoms and need to be remedied for lasting results.
Chiropractors are experts in investigating structural dysfunctions that lead to most back issues and trained to help patients restore proper physical function to prevent future recurrences.