About 3 million Australians will go to a healthcare specialist for back pain this year and you might be one of them. Statistics also show that about 80 per cent of Australians will experience disabling low-back pain during their lives. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) found that back pain is among the top 20 burden-imposing diseases in terms of disability-adjusted life-years in Australia in 2003. Moreover, one in four Australians has significant back pain right now. It affects not only the patient’s personal life but also the business industry and figures show that back pain costs Australian businesses $1 Billion each year. The most common back pain sufferers are in the 65 – 79 age group where the prevalence of back problems was similar for men (13.8%) and women (12.8%).
Back pain is a very common public health concern. Healthcare specialists say that back pain is correlated with the way our bones, ligaments, and muscles in our back work together. Specifically, upper back pain is associated with aorta disorders, tumors in the chest, and spine inflammation while lower back pain is linked to the discs between the vertebrae, ligaments around the spine, lower back muscles, spinal cord and nerves, abdomen and pelvic internal organs, and the skin around the lumbar area.
Common Symptoms of Back Pain
The main symptom of back pain is pain or spasm anywhere on the back. The pain can be dull, sharp, or burning; constant or periodic; sudden or chronic, and; localized or radiating to other areas like the arms, hands, legs, or feet. These symptoms can be accompanied by weakness or numbness of some areas in the back. In most cases signs and symptoms disappear within a short period, but if any of the following symptoms accompanies a back pain you must see a healthcare provider immediately:
- Persistent back pain
- Difficulty urinating
- Numbness around the buttocks, and reproductive organs
- Lose bowel control
- Difficulty urinating
- Elevated body temperature
- Unintentional weight loss
- Inflammation (swelling) on the back
Common Causes of Back Pain
Back pain affects most people at some point. However, the likelihood of developing back pain increases with risk factors such as having a sedentary lifestyle or mentally stressful job, pregnancy, doing strenuous physical work, improper execution of a physical exercise, and more. Roughly most cases of back pain are caused by having a bad posture, minor sprains, strains or injuries, or an irritated nerve developed overtime from everyday activities done at home or at work. On the contrary, back pain can also originate from certain medical conditions such as sciatica, slipped disc, shoulder pain, whiplash, or ankylosing spondylitis.
Common causes of back pain include:
- Abrupt and awkward bending
- Improper lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling of heavy objects
- Muscle spasm and strained muscles
- slouching in chairs
- twisting awkwardly
- driving in a hunched position or driving for long periods without taking a break
- overusing the muscles – for example, during sport or repetitive movements
Back pain sometimes improves with self-care, but for some the pain becomes chronic lasting for months or years. Ringwood chiropractor, Dr Tracey Lademann says “people who seek back pain relief alternatives often choose chiropractic treatment. Studies show that chiropractic care is an extremely effective treatment for back pain.” Generally, chiropractors incorporate hands-on spinal manipulation and non-manipulative chiropractic techniques to improve range and quality of motion as well as restore mobility of joints.
Both manipulative and non-manipulative therapies are effective to help relieve back pain. While spinal adjustment is just one of the many options for back pain, the treatment types of choice at Eastland Family Chiropractic are non-manipulative methods such Neuro Impulse Protocol and low force techniques, Webster Technique, and other non-invasive method, along with self-help exercises, that help speed up recovery, reduce pain, improve function, and diminish the occurrence of back pain in the future among back pain patients
The road to understanding the cause of your back pain may seem obscure at the moment especially when you are just advised to take pain relieving medications. We want to help you improve and restore relationships again. Learn more about back pain problems and treatment options and discover non-surgical treatments that can provide back pain relief here at Eastland Family Chiropractic.
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