Lower back pain counts for over 93 million workdays lost each year in the U.S. according to the Department of Health and Human
Services. The staggering cost of medical treatment for people with back disorders is over $5 billion a year. Add sick pay, plus the dollar cost of time away from the job, and the department estimates the cost would be more than double. Back problems are responsible for more absenteeism than the common cold and are the 2nd most common cause of doctor visits in this country.
Only 10% of hose who experience back pain do so as a result of hereditary problems. Direct injuries to the back, excessive strain and the cumulative effect of many years of bad body mechanics account for 90% of other causes of back problems. The pain can manifest itself as a specific ache, twinge, cramp, spasm, vague soreness or severe bout of pain. The symptoms can occur immediately or several hours or days after exertion. The first stage of cure is not to ignore these signs, for pain is the body’s way of putting forth a significant message. Pain that extends down the leg suggests pressure on nerves. Numbness or a pins and needles sensation is a sign of a nerve being compressed. Most back problems, no matter what the cause, without proper treatment are very slow at resolving themselves…. Frustration and anxiety can often impede the healing process.
With aging, the discs between the spine’s vertebrae tend to become dehydrated. Thus, their cushioning effect is decreased, resulting in a loss of flexibility. Repeated stress on a muscle causes it to shorten, causing muscular imbalance and poor posture.
Too much disc surgery is done in this country and should only be done after one has exhausted all conservative measures. Chiropractors are the experts of choices for proper care of the spine. They are trained in spinal biomechanics. A Chiropractor examination may test you for muscle balance, muscle strength as well as nerve reflexes, nerve testing and range of motion of the spine to determine the point of nerve irritation. Through painless and precise manipulation to the vertebrae involved, pressure is taken off the nerves and the condition gradually corrected. Why suffer any longer?
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