Eighty percent of Americans experience one form of back pain or another during the course of their lives. More men over the age of 45 are disabled by back pain than any other condition. It is the third most common reason for surgeries, and a large percentage of these surgeries have symptomatic return 2 years after. Many even requiring a second surgery.
Back pain may have many causes. It may start from an acute injury, chroninc poor posture and core muscle weakness or small repetitive strains.
Rest, ice or heat therapy, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine, are often the first course of treatment for mild lower back pain. This helps temporarily decrease the symptoms, but may not address the underlying cause or dysfunction allowing for a return of pain a short time after.
On a positive note, we all think that acute back pain must be that we "blew out", herniated, or ruptured a disc. Thankfully this is not usually the case. Although any abnormal, be it acute or chronic, stress to your back or spine can cause damage to the disc, the reason from your pain is usually muscular or joint in origin. Small muscles in the back become spasme, or tight, in response to this stress. This then decreases the movement, mislaligns that joint causing it to impinge, get inflammed, and cause pain. That misaligned, or subluxated joint, has a tremendous effect on you mobility, pain, and the function of the nerves in that area.
Chropractic care looks at all the causes of your back pain by taking a detailed history, performing a thorough examination, and performing imaging or referral out when needed. By addressing back pain this way, chiropractic care can effectively reduce the pain, fix the underlying problem and keep you functioning with no or very little pain and increased overall function.