Low Back Pain: Understanding the Causes
For many of us, gone are the days where we can clean the house, go for a walk, play with the kids, play with our pets, or, if we’re being honest, simply go to sleep without putting ourselves at risk for neck or low back pain.
Surprise sleep injuries aside, if you’re all too familiar with back pain, you’ve come to the right place! As the leading low back pain specialist in Fleetwood, PA, we know a thing or two about the common causes of low back pain.
Keep reading to learn more about what might be behind yours and, more importantly, what you can do to say goodbye to low back pain.
Low back pain is the number one reason people worldwide visit their doctor and miss work.
If you've dealt with it in the past (or maybe even right now), you know back pain can change your life in an instant.
Not being able to enjoy hobbies, difficulty in your ability to work, and a sneaking suspicion that you may never get "back to normal" are all normal when you're experiencing a bout of back pain.
So why do so many people here in Fleetwood, PA and around the world struggle with back pain?
In many cases, your daily habits are a big contributor to your back pain.
Why it Matters:
If you've been living with aches and pain, it's often connected to distorted movement patterns that affect your neuromusculoskeletal system - your brain, nerves, muscles, bones, joints, cartilage, tendons, etc.
And those abnormal movement patterns can happen for a variety of reasons that range from long hours at a computer and repetitive stress to sudden injuries. That repetitive stress combined with nagging injuries, a diet filled with inflammatory foods, or a lack of daily exercise and movement can all contribute to an increased likelihood of back pain.
Common Causes of Low Back Pain
Here are the three most common causes of low back pain…
Sprain/Strain Injuries: Repetitive stress can create inflammation and lead to sprains or strains.
Spinal Disc Issues: Disc bulges and herniations can press on your spinal nerves, leading to back pain that travels to other parts of the body.
Arthritis: As you get older, your body will naturally go through some degenerative changes, and if your spinal joints become inflamed, you may notice some pain.
A whopping 80% of us will experience low back pain at some point in our lives, and none of us want to rely on pills to feel better. The good news is that, in most cases, sprains and strains and joint issues can heal pretty quickly with the right care.
That's where we come in.
An overwhelming majority of people recover from back pain naturally or with a little additional help from a chiropractor. So, if you’ve been searching for a low back pain specialist in [your city / town / neighborhood], you’ve come to the right place! Research supports the use of chiropractic care for the treatment of all causes of and all types of low back pain.
Get this. In a recent study, researchers found that low back pain patients with disc issues who received chiropractic care experienced the same if not more relief than patients who underwent invasive back surgeries.
While it may feel like you'll never get back to your old self, the odds are in your favor that you will! And even if you typically seem to recover by taking it easy for a few days, it's still a smart decision to visit a chiropractor.
Chiropractic care has been part of the wellness conversation worldwide for well over 125 years, and our chiropractic practice is proud to serve the Fleetwood, PA community now and for years to come.
Dr. Ghessi is a low back pain specialist and will work with you to determine both what’s at the root of your low back pain and the non-invasive treatment options that make sense for you. Research also strongly suggests that periodic chiropractic care - just like dynamic stretching and regular exercise - can help prevent future episodes of low back pain.
So, if you haven't, be sure to have your next - or first - visit scheduled! www.ghessichiropractic.com to schedule