Most people periodically make appointments with chiropractors lamenting about low back pain. According to numerous sources, sixty-five million Americans are affected by back pain and thirty-one million Americans experience low back pain at any given time.
I myself suffered low back pain a couple of years ago. Only after making numerous appointments with our local chiropractor (my friend Dr. Sovetky) did my debilitating condition improve
There are many reasons why people experience low back pain. In my case, low back pain was both structural and muscular. I have a spinal misalignment (subluxation), and the underlying structural problem of my spine was aggravated by my unhealthy habits such as improper lifting , sleeping and walking which brought about my chronic low back pain.
Other reasons why people have low back pain are organic, such as herniated disks, Lumbar Spine Degenerative Joint Disease, accidents that cause injury to the spinal column, particularly the lower back; deliberate injury to the back or spine; stress that could be brought on by strenuous habits and activities or it may be work related due to repetitive motion.
A study conducted by Mathew Reeves, a Michigan State University epidemiologist, finds that few Americans are doing all they can to maintain healthy habits. People who do not practice proper posture in their daily activities and people who live a sedentary lifestyle are at risk of developing low back pain.
Low back pain can be categorized as acute or chronic. Acute low back pain, in general, does not last more than three months, while chronic low back pain may last more than twelve weeks. Acute low back pain can cultivate into chronic low back pain depending on the risk factors present. Risk factors can include stress, minimal activity, sedentary lifestyle, bad habits, prior history of low back pain, and back injury.
Though low back pain is a debilitating condition, it is not without solution or remedy. Depending on the reason, help from chiropractors and a change of habits can help alleviate low back pain. Alternative medicines, such as acupuncture, can also help low back pain.
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