Back pain is a common complaint. Up to 80 percent of people will have back pain at least once in their lifetime. It can affect people at any age, but back pain is more common for those between 35 and 55 years of age. The spine is a complex network of tendons, discs, muscles, ligaments and bones cushioned with cartilage-like pads. Any problem with one of these components can cause back pain.
Strain and Structural Problems
Strain is a common cause of back pain. Muscles and ligaments can incur train from lifting an item that is too heavy, lifting something the wrong way or abrupt movements. Structural problems in the back, such as ruptured discs, bulging discs, sciatica, arthritis and osteoporosis can result in back pain. Both ruptured discs and bulging disks can cause pressure on a nerve. With sciatica, a nerve can become compressed and cause pain. It’s a sharp and shooting pain that moves from the buttocks to the back of the leg. It’s important to note that sciatica is a symptom of another problem like a bulging or herniated disk. It can happen to athletes and busy moms. Other structural problems include arthritis and osteoporosis. Arthritis can cause problems with the lower back and hips. With osteoporosis, the bones in the spine become porous and brittle, and compression fractures can occur. Even amateur athletes can have back pain from bending, pulling, pushing and twisting. And pregnant women are at high risk for back pain.
Chiropractic Treatment for Back Pain
Many world-class athletes have regular visits with a chiropractor. Adjustments can help treat athletes in high-impact sports, such as hockey, football and wrestling. It can also help athletes in low-impact sports, such as bowling, golf and tennis. Chiropractic care:
- Helps relieve back strain
- Enhances blood circulation and nerve function
- Reduces back pain
- Promotes quicker healing
- Prevents future injury and enhances athletic performance
Chiropractic care for pregnant women helps establish proper pelvic balance and alignment to allow the baby to be in a good position for delivery. It also helps reduce back pain associated with pregnancy like sciatica-related pain. Chiropractic care is also beneficial postnatal. After birth, the mother’s pelvic biomechanics can change and cause back discomfort. Pelvic balance can be restored with spinal adjustments and exercise.
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