Did you know that an estimated 75 to 85 percent of all Canadians will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime? Most certainly low back pain can be quite debilitating and painful. Good news, most cases respond well with non-surgical treatment. However, it has been estimated that 50 percent of all patients who suffer from an episode of low back pain will have a recurrent episode within one year.
The costs associated with diagnostic procedures alone are estimated at $50 billion yearly. 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. The personal costs are immeasurable from chronic pain alone, pain sometimes so great that it interferes with a healthy and satisfying lifestyle.
Also, it is recognized that most cases of back pain are mechanical in nature, and the pain is usually not caused by very serious conditions, such as cancer, fracture, infection, etc. The anatomy of the spine and the many conditions that negatively impact spinal health are complex. The following information provides a simplistic explanation of the causes for back pain.
SOME COMMON CAUSES OF LOW BACK PAIN
On many occasions you first feel back pain just after you lift a heavy object, move suddenly, sit in one position for a long time, sustain an injury or have been in an accident. Prior to that moment in time, there was often a pre-existing weakness, or loss of tissue integrity in your spinal structures.
Did you are at particular risk for low back pain if you:
Work in construction or another job requiring heavy lifting, lots of bending and twisting, or whole body vibration
Smoke, don’t exercise, and/or are overweight
Are over age 30
Have bad posture
Have arthritis or osteoporosis
Have a low pain threshold
If you have experienced any of the points mentioned above and feel that you are in need of a chiropractor, you may want to visit our clinic in Nanaimo BC, get accessed and on the road to recovery.