Back Pain

Back Pain in General

If you haven’t experienced back pain in the past, count yourself lucky. NIH studies indicate that about 79% of the population will have back pain in some form during their lifetime. In adolescence about 30% will have lower back pain. Of those, 88% will have lower back pain in later years, so early back pain is a predictor of the chronic condition.

Many back problems are acute, where the pain comes on suddenly but then goes away within a short time. When the problem is more serious, it will linger for days or even weeks. When the back pain becomes more chronic pain stays around for months at a time before the cycle is broken.

Components

Let’s look at what is happening in the body. With each incident of minor back pain, a certain amount of damage is done. As the episodes reoccur, more and more damage is done and the damage is cumulative at a particular joint. That means with each incident, the next episode will be worse. The body’s natural response is to form scar tissue around previous injuries and this scar tissue is less adaptable than the original tissue, leaving the back more susceptible to injury than originally.

Blue spine graphic with pink areas demonstrating back pain.

Eventually, there is enough scar tissue and damage that the joints start to undergo arthritic changes with its’ uneven cartilage and spur formation, as an attempt by the body to stabilize the joint. These are all natural processes in the adaptation to changing conditions within the body. The final outcome, later in life, is to have such arthritis that the free ranges of motion are severely restricted and pain lingers permanently.

There is good news for back pain sufferers. If you catch the it early and get a few adjustments, the joint derangement can be reversed and normal motion can be restored. This process is drug free, relatively painless, involves no surgical intervention, and has the added bonus of restoring nervous system function to the area of injury. Adjustments are safe for people of all ages and there are extensive clinical trials that demonstrate the effectiveness as superior to many of the other interventions that are more aggressive.

Other treatments for back pain

Other treatments are available. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories help to reduce swelling in the area, but can damage to kidneys and liver over the long term. Muscle relaxers and pain killers help you through an episode, but they don’t restore normal motion to a deranged joint. Surgical intervention is a consideration but many times the condition is not serious enough (yet) to warrant such an intervention.

Why wait until the pain and joint derangement have gotten so bad that permanent changes have occurred. Adjustments are simple and very cost effective in the treatment. It’s worth an evaluation in the early stages of the problem, don’t you think?

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