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Back Pain

The Number One Health Problem in the World

Back PainNine out of ten adults suffer from back pain at some point in their life. Some are lucky to get away with one or a few acute episodes, whereas the majority develops chronic back pain as a long term and recurring problem.

Back pain can have its origin in joints, nerves, and/or soft tissue of the spine.

Symptoms of Back Pain

Apart from a clear-cut pain in the back, spinal pain can also manifest itself in other manners:

  • A sharp pain along the spine or neck, upper or lower back;
  • A lasting, dull pain in lower back;
  • Difficulty in climbing up or down stairs;
  • Pain and spasm in the lower back while sitting or standing;
  • Loss of strength in legs;
  • Cold or swollen feet;
  • Numbness and tingling in the legs or feet beginning in the lower back or buttock.

The symptoms can progress and become worse in repetitive episodes of back pain if no treatment or care is administered. For instance, a mild stiffness in lower back pain can become intense and radiate to the buttocks, thighs and toes. It can reduce your capacity to accomplish your normal daily activities. It can also severely compromise your ability to carry out even simple routine tasks, such as dressing, walking, or household chores.

Causes and Treatment

If you are suffering from back pain, you may take solace in the fact that you are not alone. Over 80% of Canadians will experience low back pain in their lifetime. Back pain can strike anyone regardless of race, religion, gender, or age. Some studies suggest that women are more prone to back pain than men after the age of 40.

Back pain can be triggered by a sudden or repetitive movement or by a lack of motion. In certain cases, the onset of back pain is sudden and crippling; while in others it progresses gradually.

The causes of back pain are many; here are the most frequent ones:

  • Moving heavy objects;
  • Not using your legs while lifting or moving objects;
  • Doing exercises that are beyond your physical condition;
  • Injury during sports;
  • Persistent bad posture;
  • Abnormal standing position over a long period of time;
  • Abnormal sitting position at work;
  • Injury from car accidents or falls.

Some people think that the pain will go away by itself. Others know they need medical attention, but do not think of consulting a chiropractor. Some patients are apprehensive of what the doctor might tell them concerning their condition. If the back pain is not treated, it can worsen and become chronic. In order to keep a healthy back and enjoy your full mobility and well being, you must consult the chiropractor, who is a qualified specialist for treating back and joint pains and problems.

Chiropractic Back Care

Consulting a chiropractor can help you get rid of the pain and return to a healthy, active lifestyle. Life is too short to spend ten minutes every morning to get out of bed, miss days of work or family activities. If you experience back pain, make your appointment with us today!

Dr. Christian Beaudry, DC – (514) 694-0303