Back Pain and Disc Injuries

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 conditions as  

   fracture inflammatory arthritis 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.

The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles and these structures can all signal pain.  The most common types of injuries are ligament and joint injuries.  Our increasingly sedentary lifestyles filled with repetitive motion activities often weaken our spinal structures and  it is common to sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While car accidents, sports injuries, and falls can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pencil from the floor— can have painful results. In addition, poor posture, arthritis, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Disc injuries are much less common and only make up about 5% of all back pain related to disc injuries. Fortunately only about 5% of them need surgery.

It is not surprising that back pain is on the rise!  In general we sit too much and exercise too little. If you suffer recurrent episodes of spinal pain it is usually a sign of what chiropractors would refer to as functional ‘instability’. There are many different treatments available. Recent research shows that spinal adjustments are very effective treatment for both acute and chronic back pain.

We at Maxlife will perform a full examination (including X rays if necessary) including a detailed history of your health and lifestyle to determine the cause of your pain.  Unlike pain killing drugs, we treat the cause of the pain by addressing the underlying neurological, mechanical and muscular problems – not just the pain itself.

Once a diagnosis has been made, we will put together a customized treatment plan using a variety of specific chiropractic and muscular adjustment techniques in order to mobilize the ‘stuck’ areas and remove spinal nerve irritation that is responsible for causing the pain.

Some patients enjoy almost immediate relief, others notice a gradual easing of their symptoms over a period of several weeks depending on the nature of the problem.

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