The causes of back pain are numerous; some are self-inflicted due to a lifetime of bad habits.
Other back pain causes include accidents, muscle strains, and sports injuries.
Many jobs place stress and strain on the back, making you more prone to getting back pain.
Episodes of acute and chronic back pain are more likely for certain jobs because of the demands placed on the spine.
Nurses, for example, put a great amount of strain on the lower back every time they help transfer patients from bed to bed, lift them from a chair or change positions.
Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants had more back injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders than any other occupation, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some jobs that increase the risk of back pain include:
- • Nursing
- •Truck driving
- •Service jobs, including police officers and firefighters
- •Janitors and cleaners
- •Factory and farm work
- •Sedentary office work and computer jobs
- •Teaching, especially in nursery schools
Even routine office work can worsen back pain, especially if you have bad workplace habits (for example, slouching over your desk, not taking regular breaks, using a chair that doesn’t give enough support) or your workspace isn’t well designed.
Some symptoms for low back pain are:
- Persistent aching or stiffness anywhere along your spine, specifically from the low back to the hips.
- Sharp, localized pain in the lower back -- especially after lifting heavy objects or engaging in other strenuous activity.
- Chronic ache in the middle or lower back, especially after sitting or standing for extended periods.
- Back pain that radiates from the low back to the buttock, down the back of the thigh, and into the calf and toes.
- Inability to stand straight without having severe muscle spasms in the low back.
Your doctor of chiropractic will begin by taking a complete patient history. You’ll be asked to describe your pain and to explain when the pain began, how often you have the pain and what activities lessen or intensify the pain.
Forming a diagnosis will also require a physical and neurological exam, in which the doctor will pay special attention to your spine and legs. You may be asked to perform some basic activities that will test your sensory and muscle strength, as well as your ranges of motion. X-rays may be taken of your back.
Finally the doctor will arrive at a diagnosis and treatment will begin that first visit.
For most people, lower back pain responds very well to conservative care, especially chiropractic
Keeping in mind that lower back pain is a symptom and not a stand-alone medical condition, treatment plans will often vary depending on the underlying cause of the problem.
Chiropractic offers a non-invasive (non-surgical), drug-free treatment option. The goal of chiropractic care is to restore spinal movement, thereby improving function while decreasing pain and inflammation.
A chiropractic treatment plan may cover several different treatment methods, including but not limited to spinal adjustments, ice/heat therapy, TENS or electric stimulation, soft tissue or manual therapy, Kinesiotaping and rehabilitative exercises.
Depending on the severity of the condition, the patient will need to be treated multiple times. The doctor will explain your treatment plan at the second visit.
Why multiple visits?
This can be compared to working out. If you don't exercise for a long time, your body is out of shape and it takes several trips to the gym to get in shape and build up your strength and endurance.
Similarly, if you have never been adjusted, and do not practice good back health, it takes a few visits to put your body back in alignment and proper posture.
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