What you need to know about lower back pain

What you need to know about lower back pain

Are you struggling with lower back pain? You’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases (NIAMS), 65 million Americans, or 8 out of 10 people, have some type of back pain. Back pain is a huge problem for half of all working Americans, and it’s one of the most common reasons people miss work. Back pain is second only to upper respiratory infections as the most common reason people see a doctor. And don’t buy into that old myth that back pain is just for older people. The fact is young people can suffer injuries or have a condition that results in back problems. This is no small problem, and the numbers tell you the story. The nationwide annual tab for back pain is staggering. While studies report it’s hard to identify all the costs associated with back pain, they have identified at least $50 billion a year that Americans spend on back pain. With experts estimating that up to 80 percent of us will have a problem with back pain at some point in our lives, it’s important for you to know the facts to help yourself and your loved ones. To find out more click here. If you are suffering from back pain contact us today.   Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici /...

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Strengthen your back with these simple exercises

Strengthen your back with these simple exercises

My lower back has been sore most of the summer. I try to stay active, but the pain is now making that difficult. This morning I even needed help getting dressed. What are my treatment options? Susan, age 48 The Answer Back and neck pain affect people of all ages, with studies showing that these are more common between the ages of 30 and 40, and tend to decrease after age 65. To find out more click here. If you are suffering from back pain contact us today.   Image courtesy of  Stockimages /...

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Early Morning Back Pain is Common and Treatable with Chiropractic Care

Early Morning Back Pain is Common and Treatable with Chiropractic Care

Did you read the February 2015 edition of Arthritis Care & Research? If not, consider doing so and take a look at one article in particular. It’s titled, What Triggers an Episode of Acute Low Back Pain? The piece discusses an early 2000s, case-crossover study involving middle-aged and elderly Australians. What make the study results so interesting really has nothing to do with the triggers but the timing of them. Basically, they indicate that people are most likely to injure their lower backs before lunchtime rolls around. So, what’s that mean for back pain treatment with chiropractic care? For starters, chiropractors may want to begin reminding patients about the importance of getting enough sleep and using proper biomechanics at all times of the day.< After all, the study pointed out that being tired, trying to work without being fully alert and improper lifting techniques are frequently responsible for lower back pain in the earliest parts of the day. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s research, most humans need anywhere from 5 to 19 hours of down time each day. The amount varies based on age, gender, activity level, overall health and other factors. Of course once we open our eyes, it may take a few minutes to actually become fully alert. As far as proper lifting and work techniques go, the key is to evenly distribute the weight of the object or task at hand. Otherwise, undue stress may compress spinal nerves, muscles, ligaments and discs. If a person forgets the basics and ends up with a lower back injury before noon, receiving immediate chiropractic care may help resolve the problem. For instance, spinal manipulation may straighten the body and release components that were previously constrained. To find out more about what researchers say regarding back pain and treatment with chiropractic, please contact us. Image courtesy of Stock Images /...

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Injured While Cleaning? Try Back Pain Treatments and Chiropractic Care

Injured While Cleaning? Try Back Pain Treatments and Chiropractic Care

Spring cleaning routinely lead to aches and pains. It’s easy to see why too. We contort our bodies in a myriad of unhealthy ways all in the name of removing dirt and grime. Plus, we compound the problem by improperly carrying around heavy cleaning supplies and equipment. For example, did you know that a one gallon bucket filled with soapy water is apt to weigh a good 9 pounds? Vacuum cleaners, on the other hand, can weigh as much as 25 pounds each. Now image what carrying around that kind of weight can do to your muscles, nerves and bones, especially if you’ve been inactive all winter. The good news is back pain and other seasonal aches may be treated with chiropractic care. Chiropractors can perform spinal manipulations on injured spring cleaners that will ease sore muscles, release pinched nerves and put misaligned bones back into their proper places. Over time, their efforts can also help housekeepers, maids and others increase their overall flexibility and strength. In addition, chiropractors may be able to suggest various exercises and teach patients the basics of good body mechanics, which may decrease their chances of sustaining injuries while engaged in routine housework. In general, chiropractors recommend that spring cleaners avoid activities like kneeling, crouching, overreaching and lifting heavy objects with their backs. It’s also a great idea to avoid twisting, stooping, bending over and working hard for hours at a time. If there are lots of spring cleaning tasks to be done, divide the work up amongst family members. If that’s not possible, chiropractors urge individuals to warm up before a day of heavy cleaning and pace themselves throughout the ordeal. Changing positions often and periodically stopping to stretch out those kinks may help in the long run too. To learn more about back pain treatments and how chiropractors can help people injured during spring cleaning activities, please contact us. Image courtesy of Stock Images/...

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Spinal Adjustments: A Natural, Effective Way to Resolve Middle Back Pain

Spinal Adjustments: A Natural, Effective Way to Resolve Middle Back Pain

Thoracic back pain is a common complaint among students, office workers and hikers. It is often caused by toting around heavy backpacks or staying hunched over a desk and completing tedious computer work for hours at a time. In some instances, it may also be caused by disease, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries and activities that require repetitive, upper body movements (e.g. assembly line work). Mercifully, the pain and comorbidities commonly associated with thoracic back pain may be addressed with spinal adjustments. If one were to start at the skull and work downward, the thoracic section of the spine would be the area that begins at the base of the neck (T1) and extends to a spot that sits just below a person’s rib cage (T12). Within that area are a dozen vertebrae, intervertebral discs, ligaments, the thoracic spinal nerve and two major muscles. The muscles are known as the longissimus and the spinalis. Together, they help us move our bodies from side to side and support our rib cage, which contains organs essential to life. Spinal adjustments are most useful when thoracic back pain is not related to spinal fractures. In the event of fractures, it may be necessary for a person to undergo back surgery or wear a brace until the bones mend. Afterward, chiropractic care may help address range of motion problems as well as pain that may occur during post-surgery therapy sessions. It is important to note that depending on which area of the thoracic spine is in distress, additional health problems may also occur. The list of comorbidities includes, but doesn’t end with arm muscle weakness, reduced range of motion, sensory disturbances, painful respiration and mixed incontinence. As they are often caused by pinched nerves, spinal adjustments may aid in resolving those comorbidities too. The number of spinal adjustments needed to address those primary and secondary health concerns will vary based on two main factors: 1) the extent of the injury and 2) the body’s ability to respond to treatment. To find out more about thoracic back pain and the role spinal adjustments may play in its resolution, call our Indianapolis chiropractic office today and schedule a consultation with a licensed chiropractor. Image courtesy of stockimages /...

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Realities of Back Pain

Realities of Back Pain

If you have ever felt as if someone just had batting practice on your back, then you are a part of the back pain group. According to the American Chiropractic Association, “70 to 85 percent of all people have back pain at some time in their life.” Hence, everyone of us will be indirectly or directly affected by back pain; therefore back pain is impartial and does not discriminate. When you do feel that back pain then you may also find out very quickly how expensive treatment can be for it. Back problems can affect more than a dent in your wallet and frequent time lost from work. The pain can decrease your ability to enjoy or perform in normal activities; or worse- profound disability. Those already suffering with back pain will be the first to tell you how it has caused issues with their everyday life, and how back pain has stopped them from accomplishing many goals that they desire to achieve. Even the little things such as completing household chores can be difficult to do for someone with severe back problems. The pain can be that excruciating, and for that reason many invest in back pain treatment with chiropractic. Back problems can arise through any moment in life: during a woman’s pregnancy, weight increasing downward and forward pulls and can cause stress on the lower back. at birth for a newborn, if the birth is a violent and traumatic experience for the baby’s body. at early childhood, as the child begins to develop and starts raising their head. during adolescence, changes in the body can cause subluxations and developmental problems. in athletics, sports can cause trauma and place stress on the back. in an injury or auto accident that affects the spine, back pain can lead to metabolic changes. as we age, we can experience joint stiffness and weakening of the bones. and/or from chronic disorders like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which can affect joints throughout the body, including the spine. The reality is, we are all susceptible to back pain and back problems; therefore we are all at risk. Priority 1 Medical specializes in back pain treatment at our Indianapolis chiropractic clinic. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our Indianapolis chiropractor and let us help you find back pain...

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