More than 80% of the people in the world will experience severe pains in the lower back during their lifetime. Over 60% of these people will experience recurring attacks of back pain. A staggering amount of over $86 billion is spent trying to address back pain issues annually. The amount spent on back pain problems increases with each passing year.
The number one cause of disabilities all over the world is low back pain. Since this pain affects many areas in our daily life, a lot of money is being injected into research programs trying to find a cure. Primary care health practitioners have confessed that low back pain is a very challenging ailment to treat. Out there, you are likely to hear many misconceptions about back pain. Here are some important facts on low back pain that you should digest.
Some people say that only their legs hurt and not their backs. Did you know that pain in the buttocks and legs can be caused by a problem in the lower back? If there is a spinal disintegration, bulge or disc herniation, it can put a lot of pressure on a nerve which will then cause tingling, pain or numbness in the leg or hip. At times, pain in the hip and leg does not occur concurrently with back pain. If the conditions discussed above are not treated or checked by a doctor, they can result in arthritis which will affect the spine.
If you have back pain, one of the worst things that you can do is to take bed rest. If you are moving around, the motion usually helps to push the inflammation away from the area with an injury. If you want to have a long and healthy life, you should ensure that you exercise and move around frequently. Lack of movement usually causes degeneration in the body. If this is coupled with an injury, it usually encourages the buildup of scar tissue.
You should beware of the drug Tylenol. This is a commonly used pain killer that is used to alleviate back pain problems. Did you know that taking Tylenol in amounts as little as 500 grams can increase the chances of death by up to 240%? According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, patients who took Tylenol (Acetaminophen) instead of Aspirin to relieve pain symptoms have a 2.4% higher likelihood of getting kidney failure in the long run. As you can deduct from the study, it is not only opioids that increase the mortality rate when it comes to drug use.
If you want to get rid of lower back pain, getting spinal surgery is not the only answer. Dr. Eugene Carragee who is based in Stanford University says that he only performs spine surgery to try and alleviate lower back pain on a small group of low back pain patients who have undergone careful screening. According to estimates taken after completion of the surgeries, it was apparent that less than a quarter of the surgeries were successful in alleviating back pain. What other options can people who suffer from low back pain consider, when the options available for alleviating low back pain such as prescription and over the counter drugs as well as surgeries have many negative side effects that most people want to avoid?
Did this help you in understanding low back pain better? If you are suffering from back pain, it is usually recommended that you take conservative care. Experts urge that you should not attempt to diagnose the back pain that you are experiencing. Instead you should seek the services of a qualified professional such as chiropractor. Manipulation of the spine has a lot of advantages as it reduces the reliance on pain medication, lowers pain levels and advances any type of physical therapy that an individual with lower back pain is undertaking. Seek out non-surgical treatments such as receiving chiropractic care from a professional in order to alleviate pain.
There are treatment guidelines that have been developed and perfected with chiropractic care for use in the treatment of back pain, call us to set a date for an assessment, to find out what chiropractic solutions are for you.