BACK PAIN / SCIATICA / LOW BACK PAIN

BACK PAIN / SCIATICA / LOW BACK PAIN2018-07-30T09:35:23+00:00

(excerpt from the American Chiropractic Association)

Back Pain Facts and Statistics

Although doctors of chiropractic (DCs) treat more than just back pain, many patients initially visit chiropractors looking for relief from this pervasive condition.  In fact, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time.1

A few interesting facts about back pain:

  • Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
  • Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work.  In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
  • One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
  • Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.
  • Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
  • Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.

Given the statistics above, it’s no surprise that low back pain is the most common condition we see at Henschell Chiropractic. You are not alone if you are experiencing pain in your low back, or sciatica (pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs from the lower back).

There are many causes of low back pain.

The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. Sometimes low back pain can be caused by a sports injury or a car accident, and sometimes it can be something as small as picking up your keys from the floor after them.

Getting treatment

Many people wait too long to seek chiropractic treatment for their low back pain. This decision is certainly detrimental. It’s important to seek help as soon as you can after injury.

Given the current opioid crisis, drug-free, natural treatment like chiropractic is the best, most effective treatment for low back pain. If you are suffering, don’t let another day go by. Call Henschell Chiropractic today.

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