Did you know that 80% of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives?
Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. In fact, it is estimated that low back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10% of all people experience frequent bouts of low back pain.
The lower back (lumbar spine) is a region of the spine that requires stability in order to function proper. Stability is created by a proper functioning inner musculature/fascial core, which is made up the diaphragm, deep abdominal musculature and the pelvic floor. When the lumbar spine lacks stability, the body will begin to compensate and develop poor movement patterns. This dysfunction can leave the spine vulnerable to injury.
When functioning correctly, the lower back can withstand tremendous forces, without injury. Professional powerlifters can pick up several hundred pounds off the floor without injuring their lower back. However, if the low back is weak or has weakened supporting muscles, something as simple as taking a bag of groceries out of the trunk of a car, picking something up off the floor, or even bending down to pick up a tissue can result in a low back injury.
In addition, the lower back may be injured by poor posture, improper biomechanics (bending, lifting, squatting), or trauma. Repetitive overuse may also weaken the back, ultimately resulting in lower back pain. Besides trauma, there are other causes of pain that may not be mechanical in nature, so if you experience pain, you should always seek advice by a trained medical professional.
Until recently, researchers believed that back pain would heal on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true. In most cases, when an episode of back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return.
It is important to take low back pain seriously and seek professional chiropractic care. This is especially true with pain that recurs over and over again.
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