Although your chiropractic team is able to treat many other conditions, one of the main reasons why most people begin to see a chiropractor is because of lower back pain. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) more than 30 million Americans are experiencing lower back pain at any given time. Here are a few more interesting facts about back pain that you may not have known:
- 50 percent of all working Americans report that they’ve coped with back pain at least once in the past year.
- People in this country spend in excess of $50 billion every single year on back pain, and that’s just the costs that are easily identified.
- Back pain is one of the most common of reasons why Americans miss work and is the second most common reason for doctor’s visits.
- Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability around the world, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help Relieve Lower Back Pain
Doctors of chiropractic use their hands to manipulate the spine and other parts of the body to relieve pain and increase flexibility in the lower back. Your chiropractor uses manipulation to restore mobility to joints that are caused by injury through traumatic events like repetitive stress or falling or from improper posture or lifestyle behaviors like sitting without proper back support.
Chiropractic care is considered to be a safe and effective treatment for lower back pain. Upon arriving at your chiropractor’s office, your chiropractor will perform an examination to find out what is causing your lower pain. After your exam, he or she will explain what is causing your pain and what the recommendations are for treatment.
When to Seek Treatment
While many cases of lower back pain don’t require immediate treatment, you should contact your chiropractic team if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Weakness in the legs
- Numbness in the extremities
- Bowel or bladder incontinence
- Fever or chills
- Unexplained recent weight loos
- Severe abdominal pain
Any of the symptoms above can be the result of a serious illness or injury.
If you’re dealing with lower back pain, the time has come to relieve your suffering with chiropractic care. Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to relieve your pain without the use of dangerous medications or risky surgery. When it comes to caring for lower back pain, most experts recommend that conservative treatments like chiropractic care be used before more invasive treatments. Make an appointment with your chiropractic team today to find out how they can help relieve your lower back pain.
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