Do you know what the number one reason for missing work is among Americans? Back pain.
Do you know what the number two reason for visiting a doctor is in the US? Back pain.
It’s easy to see why we spend about 50 billion dollars per year on back pain related treatment and care.While chiropractic care extends far beyond one area or problem, the lower back is a common hot spot for many patients, and in fact, it is estimated that about 31 million people in the United States alone will suffer from lower back pain.
Lower Back Pain Causes
When you think of the complexity and size of the back and all that makes it up, it’s easy to see why it’s a problem area. There’s just so much going on: ligaments, joints, bones, and muscles. And it’s all located right in the center of our bodies, having to handle the load of twisting, bending, jumping, and more. Contrary to what one would believe, most back issues aren’t the result of sports injuries or catastrophic falls, it’s the smaller, more gradual things that usually lead up to discomfort and end up worsening over time. As we age, the discs between our vertebrae naturally lose fluid, making them less flexible than they once were. Once they reach this vulnerable state, it doesn’t take much to develop a bulging or herniated disc in the neck or back. There are many major nerves connected to the spine, and these damaged discs can increase the pressure on any of these nerves, resulting in pain signals to the brain. Other increased risk factors that lead to back pain are poor posture, being overweight, excessive stress (physical or mental), improper lifting form, smoking, and even an improper sleeping position.
Remedies for Lower Back Pain
So what are your options for relief? Unfortunately, the number of people who undergo back surgery but may have been treated successfully with less invasive means is staggering. Back surgery should only be considered as a last resort, as some people never fully recover from the operation, and many times they even experience new pains that they did not have before.
Chiropractic manipulation has become more widely accepted in recent times as an effective first line of defense. In fact, not only did the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research suggest that people suffering from back pain always start with the most conservative care first, they also listed spinal manipulation as the safest and most effective drug-free form of initial acute low back pain treatment for adults. Not only can Dr. Mohr, who is continually rated as the top chiropractor in Tampa, help relieve your symptoms, but he will also send you home with some stretches and exercises to help you prevent future problems from arising.
So if you’re looking to relieve lower back pain that has been plaguing you, give yourself the best chance for a full and natural recovery by visiting with Dr. Mohr and his staff. If you would like to discuss your options, request your appointment by clicking here or calling our office.