Back pain is unfortunately very common, affecting up to 80% of Americans at some point. Back pain typically falls into two categories: acute (or sudden) pain and chronic, where it persists for a long time and can seriously impact quality of life. Back pain can become very disabling, affecting individual’s ability to work, sleep well, and function at the level they desire for their life.
The increasing rate of obesity in America has also contributed to the rise in cases of back pain, often related to a more sedentary lifestyle.
Strengthening your spine is very important to healing from a back injury, as well as preventing future back pain. Staying active, a healthy diet, utilizing proper lifting techniques, and ensuring your work environment is well set up for spine health are all important. We believe a conservative approach is best, rather than skipping straight to strong (and sometimes harmful) medications. Non-drug approaches for initial back pain treatment are supported by not only chiropractors, but also by the American College of Physicians and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Spine and neck manipulation by an experienced chiropractor can be a very effective and cost efficient way to manage back pain.