Lower back pain is one of the conditions we treat at Barbati And Davies Chiropractic. Many of our patients come in with several questions and in this article we are hoping to answer the most common ones.
This FAQ will help you understand the causes and treatment of lower back pain as well as answer other questions related to the subject.
1. Is Lower Back Pain Common?
Yes, it’s a common condition. In fact, more than 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time and experts believe that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives. In addition, lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
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2. What Are The Causes Of Lower Back Pain?
There are many causes for lower back pain including:
- Sprained ligaments
- Strained muscles
- Ruptured discs
- Irritated joints
- Sports injuries
- Car accidents
You see, the back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles which makes it more difficult to diagnose the exact cause of pain.
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3. How Does The Doctor Diagnose The Exact Cause Of Lower Back Pain?
An accurate history is an important tool for diagnosis. When did the pain start? How did it progress? What are some aggravating and relieving factors of pain? These are all questions that your doctor may ask you to get a more complete picture of the situation.
Additionally, a detailed clinical examination is also very helpful in diagnosing the exact cause of back pain. This may involve assessment of spinal motion, assessment of your neurology and other specific tests.
4. What Are The Symptoms Of Lower Back Pain?
Common symptoms of lower back pain include:
- Tenderness or stiffness of the backbone
- Difficulty straightening or bending your back properly
- Numbness or extreme back pain
- Tingling sensation around the spine
- Cramping and swelling of your muscles in the torso
5. Can I Prevent Lower Back Pain?
Certainly, there are many ways to help you prevent lower back pain.
Exercise is among the best ones. Regularly exercising your core muscles will help you maintain better posture and minimize the risk of back problems.
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Reducing sedentary life and taking breaks from your desk also help reduce the risk of lower back pain.
6. How Is Lower Back Pain Treated?
If the problem is not serious, usually resting for a few days and being careful is enough. However, if the problem persists or if you can’t identify the cause of your lower back pain, it is best to consult with your doctor or chiropractor to treat your condition. Most of the time, a chiropractic adjustment(s) will do the trick. However, in some serious and more advanced situations surgery may be necessary.
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7. Are There Laws Related To Lower Back Pain?
Absolutely. Employers have legal duties under:
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
- Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
Some of the duties include ensuring the wellbeing of employees at work, reducing potential health risks, and taking action if there is a problem causing or aggravating existing employee symptoms.