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Back pain generally begins with an altered relationship (misalignment) between two adjacent vertebrae which is called a subluxation. This subluxation causes an increased strain, as well as a loss of motion in the gliding joints of the spine. These gliding joints (facets) are found in pairs, along the entire spine, and their function is to allow for movement and flexibility of the spine. When these facet joints are affected by trauma or repeated stress from mild to excessive strenuous work, home, or sports activities, heredity, weakened or de-conditioned muscles, and the inevitable aging process, low back and/or leg pain is commonly experienced.
Degenerative or decaying changes in the disc or an altered function (misalignment) in the facet joints, contribute significantly to the “wear” process, placing severe strain and–tear upon the spine. An osteoarthritic spine or misaligned spine becomes less flexible, and therefore becomes more vulnerable to injury. A simple unexpected or forced movement, physically heavy work, improper posture, frequent bending or lifting all can produce strain and injury to these facet joints.
Chiropractic care, which usually includes spinal adjustments (manipulations) and physiologic therapeutics such as ice, heat, rehabilitative exercises, and nutritional advice helps to reduce pain, and muscle spasm, and correct the cause of the problem. It is important to follow the specific instructions of Dr. Laurie regarding work activity, leisure activity, exercise program, weight control, occupational factors, and frequency of visits in order to achieve the optimum relief and correction for your back pain and to help prevent recurrence.
COMMON SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A SUBLUXATED (MISALIGNED) SPINE
INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOME CARE FOR A LOW BACK INJURY
When recovering from a back sprain or strain, subluxation or acute disc injury, the following are recommended:
WHAT TO DO FOR A SUDDEN BACK INJURY
Many severe attacks of back pain develop from something as insignificant as bending over a bathroom sink, reaching to pick up some small item, sneezing, or stepping awkwardly. Usually, a series of small incidents leads up to the cause of the back injury. Heavy lifting, falls or awkward strains, and old auto accidents are early precipitating factors in many back injuries. Most patients will usually remember some incident after they have had time to think about past accidents, falls, or they have been reminded by family or friends.
Faulty spinal dynamics are also often a cause of severe back pain. Faulty spinal alignment (subluxation), over a period of time, will cause gradual weakening of disc fibers and other ligaments. In this weakened condition, sometimes all it may take to cause severe back pain is the leverage of a simple movement, such as reaching into the cupboard to create an episode of pain. When such an incident occurs.
BACK PAIN – CHIROPRACTIC AND EXERCISE CAN HELP
Back pain and musculoskeletal problems account for an estimated 95 million doctor visits a year in the U.S., ranking fifth among all disorders that send people to a doctor. Back pain is the leading cause of disability of people under the age of 45 and the second leading cause of absenteeism from work (after the common cold). An estimated 80% of Americans suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Of back pain sufferers, 85% indicate the lower back as the primary pain site.
Impairment due to back/spine problems is most prevalent among people aged 45-64. However, of children aged 7-17, 16% currently experience low back pain, 33% have experienced it previously and 10% have suffered a back-pain-related disability, according to the Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. However, a survey of 605 conventional family physicians practicing in Washington state found that 42% felt themselves to be poorly trained in managing lower back pain.
Chiropractic is increasingly regarded as a therapy of first choice for back pain. A British survey of 741 low-back- pain patients undergoing either conventional hospital care or chiropractic treatment showed that 63% said the hospital care helped and 37% said it didn't, compared to 82% who said chiropractic helped, and only 18% who said it didn't, according to the British Medical Journal (August 1995).
The study also showed that, 29% more patients improved with chiropractic care over a three-year period than those under hospital care.
Regular exercise and physical activity are widely recommended as part of a back-pain reduction program. The very best form of exercise is super slow. Ask us how?
The fact is Chiropractic is by far the best and most successful type of care for people suffering with headaches, neck and back pain. Be preventative. Get adjusted.
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