Frequent Questions About Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common health problems in America. It can often be debilitating, keeping you from doing the things that bring you joy. Dr. Michael Brass, our chiropractor at Comprehensive Chiropractic Care in East Meadow, NY, wants you to have the answers to some common questions about back pain. We can help you find the pain relief you deserve.
How common is back pain?
It’s the second most common reason for doctor visits and the leading factor in disabilities. About 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
What part of the back is affected by back pain?
Any part! Low back pain in the lumbar region is very common, but it can occur all the way up the spine and into the neck.
What causes acute back pain?
Most often it’s due to a specific traumatic event such as an auto accident or sports injury. However, some people have experienced sudden and severe pain from lifting or merely bending over.
What causes chronic back pain?
It may be the result of an injury, but it’s usually an overuse or repetitive injury. It can also be caused by non-injury-related degeneration in the joints and discs.
What treatments are used for back pain?
Drugs, from aspirin to opioids, are widely used. Also, back surgery is a common treatment. However, research indicates that conservative treatment is usually more effective. Painkillers should be used sparingly and surgery only as a last resort. These non-invasive measures include massage, corrective exercises, and chiropractic adjustments.
Can chiropractic care help with back pain?
Absolutely! A sore back is a sign of an improperly aligned back. The vertebrae are not properly lined up and may be compressed. Chiropractic manipulation moves the vertebrae to where they belong and creates proper spacing between them.
How do I prevent back pain?
Maintain a healthy lifestyle of a proper diet, appropriate weight, and regular physical activity. Pay attention to your posture. Stretch before and after any exercise. Wear comfortable low-heeled shoes. When you lift, bend and use your knees. Consider working with a chiropractor before your back begins to hurt. Chiropractic adjustments can be used to keep the spine in tip-top shape.
Chiropractic Care for Back Pain
If your back bothers you, chiropractic care can provide pain relief. Even if it hurts only occasionally, adjustments can prevent bigger problems from developing. Comprehensive Chiropractic Care in East Meadow, NY, will help keep your back at its best. Call us today at (516) 489-2212 for a consultation with Dr. Brass, and find out how chiropractic care can help you maintain a healthy spine.