When 80% of people in the U.S. suffer from a sore back at some point in their lives, it can be easy to dismiss that pain as just a minor nuisance. If you can still move around and it’s not that bad, it must not be serious, right? In some cases, aches and pains are the result of age or maybe a vigorous weekend of physical activity. In the case of compression fracture symptoms, though, they might start mild and get worse if left untreated. Here’s how to know the difference.
Weight loss and exercise are wonderful ways to prevent back pain, but did you also know that healthy movement could reduce existing back pain? It’s true. Researchers at Stanford University found that overweight people who increased the amount of time they spent moving by just 20 minutes daily reduced their risk of back pain by 32%.
A chiropractor’s signature technique of treating low back pain is spinal manipulation, with the stereotypical popping noise that’s actually the sound of a gas bubble releasing between joints. Did you know that there are multiple types of spinal manipulation? Some are completed by hand and others require the help of a small, specially designed instrument.
Is it possible to develop chronic illness from doing…nothing? Turns out, “sitting diseases” and various health conditions are on the rise as we become more sedentary. Whether it’s an increase in the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease or just increased pain from sitting at desk, here’s how to decrease your chances of chronic … Read more
Lower back pain is a common complaint across the globe and it’s one of the leading causes of disability. What gets less attention but is arguably harder to treat than lower back pain is middle back pain. Middle back pain can be a complex condition, with many patients never finding out the root cause of it. The middle back is a complex part of the spine: its job protecting the vital organs is crucial, but it’s also susceptible to stubborn pain.
You might consider chiropractic care as something that only “fixes” the spine, but it’s so much more than that. A misaligned spine can contribute to serious conditions, some of which can lead to sciatic pain. Fortunately, seeing a chiropractor for sciatica can help not only relieve sciatic pain but also treat the underlying condition that … Read more
Back pain affects approximately 80% of people at some point in their lives, with lower back pain being the most common complaint. Although minor aches and pain or an acute injury may disappear on their own with rest and gentle stretching, some conditions require more attention and time, especially if the pain becomes chronic. One … Read more
If you suffer from back pain, you already know what a negative impact it can have on your life. Activities you once enjoyed and performed with ease suddenly become difficult, and even just trying to sit and relax can be painful. One of the culprits behind many people’s back pain is a herniated disc. Read … Read more
Back pain is the second leading cause for visits to the doctor and the most common reason for missed work. Economically, low back pain alone costs the U.S. $100-$200 billion annually. On a personal level, back pain impacts a person’s ability to function in life every day, from small things like cooking dinner to picking up a child. Cost of treatment should not be a deciding factor on whether or not a back pain sufferer finds relief. What if the key to curing your low back pain was as easy as slipping on some shoes? And what if that same cure was free? What about walking? Is walking good for lower back pain? Walking may not cure the most severe forms of chronic back pain, but in many cases, walking is the cheapest, easiest, and most effective way to help heal and prevent back pain.
Chronic pain and mood disorders can often go hand-in-hand. In fact, as many as 50% of people with chronic pain also have depression. It seems that one particular pair of conditions – depression and back pain – may be particularly widespread. Considering how often chronic pain and mood disorders can co-occur, this isn’t very surprising. After all, … Read more