How did I get back pain?
Maybe you are in one position for too long – like sitting at a desk, standing at a workstation, or even driving to work.
The result of overusing your body in an otherwise normal way can be a pain much like any other strain.
Or maybe there is a better way to move when you’re active – leaning forward to vacuum or rake increases the work on the low back (in physics that’s called a long lever), while twisting can increase the strain on your discs.
Pain can be a warning sign of a more serious injury.
Combined, mechanical related causes may account for more than 80% of back pan cases.
I Usually Just Ignore the Pain.
When your back hurts, other aspects of your life may suffer too. You might find yourself passing on your favourite activities, or feeling worse after trying. When routine activities are affected you almost certainly have a problem. Low back pain is second only to the common cold as a cause of lost work time, and is one of the most common reason for losing the ability to perform daily tasks.
Doesn’t everyone get back pain?
Low back pain affects 80% of people at some point in their life. Pain of any kind at any age is a warning. Pain is your body’s way to protect you when a problem has developed.
What can I expect with back pain?
As the name suggests, many people expect pain in the low back as their biggest complaint. It can show up anywhere from the bottom of the ribcage to the buttocks, or even as hip pain. In some people the pain is more dominant in their leg than their back – often nicknamed sciatica.
For some people it’s disabling, while for others its a distraction. It can be constant, or it can come-and-go.
For some people, it’s worse when they sit or bend (like standing at a sink to wash dishes or brush teeth).
For others its worse when they walk, get out of chair of out of their car, stand holding their child, or simply just stand.
Whether you are seeking back pain treatment, hip pain treatment, or sciatica treatment, if you experience low back pain for more than just a few days consult a chiropractor for an assessment. A careful evaluation from your healthcare provider will help determine if you can be helped with chiropractic care. Since 1985, our North York clinic has been helping people from across the Greater Toronto Area recover and manage their health so that they can live life well.
Supporting a healthy lifestyle
Guesswork won’t work, and neither will one strategy for every circumstance. Chiropractors use a safe and effective approach for reducing the pain and disability associated with low back pain. In fact, guidelines have reviewed the available options for low back pain associated disorders and supported the approach you’ll find here. It’s called multi modal care, and includes chiropractic adjustments or manual therapies, therapeutic exercise, lifestyle counselling, and injury prevention strategies.
Even if you are not currently in pain or have recovered from an episode, chiropractic care can be used to help you maintain your ability to function. We encourage every patient to take a holistic approach to their health and wellness.
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