Lower back pain is one of the most common disorders in Australia, indiscriminate of age or occupation. About 80% of the population will experience an episode of lower back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office and accounts for a large proportion of missed work days and disability.
Lower back pain can be debilitating and persistent, and some people suffer repeated episodes. It can also be a cause of leg pain or sciatica. It may start following a specific incident, such as bending awkwardly or lifting heavy objects with poor technique.
It can also develop gradually, perhaps as a result of poor posture, prolonged sitting, ligament injury, incorrect lifting, and lack of exercise, poor sleeping habits,or a serious symptom of an underlying pathology.
Your spine is one of the strongest parts of your body. It is made of solid blocks of bone known as vertebra, joined together by softer pads or discs which act as shock absorbers and maintain flexibility. Your back is reinforced by strong ligaments,surrounded by powerful muscles for support. It is, in fact, surprisingly difficult to damage your spine.
As we get older, wear and tear may contribute to back pain. The shock-absorbing pads or discs between the bones of the back can narrow with age and this can cause stiffness, pain and make it difficult to move. Other times the nerves of the back can sometimes become irritated, compressed or trapped. Again, there can be many reasons why this happens, but disc injury can lead to pain spreading down the leg, which is commonly referred to as sciatica. This can be accompanied by pins and needles, tingling, numbness and weakness in all or part of the leg and foot.
There are many different types of low back pain with different causes. In Good Hands Chiropractic helps identify that cause and get you on a treatment plan to have you standing tall and pain-free again. Our team of highly qualified chiropractors are available to answer any questions you may have, and provide you with the right help for your particular condition.
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Sore backs are a pain but In Good Hands, they won’t be.