Overview of Low Back Pain
The majority of back pain patients have not experienced any trauma, accidents or major injuries prior to the onset of their problem. The cause of most back pain is the cumulative effect of improper sitting posture, poor work habits, incorrect lifting, lack of proper exercise and other lifestyle-related factors. All of these factors cause stress and imbalances on the spine and eventually pain. This is why people often injure their back by just bending over to pick up a piece of paper. The spine was already compromised and just the simple act of bending was enough to set off the problem. When this occurs, the surrounding back muscles go into spasm to protect the stressed or injured tissues of the back. In the US, low back pain is one of the most common conditions and one of the leading causes of physician visits. In fact, at least four out of five adults will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Thirty-one million Americans have low back pain at any given time. One half of all working Americans admit to having back symptoms each year. One third of all Americans over age 18 had a back problem in the past five years severe enough for them to seek professional help. And the cost of this care is estimated to be a staggering $50 Billion yearly–and that’s just for the more easily identified costs!
Symptoms of Low Back Pain
- Tenderness, Pain, and Stiffness in the Lower Back
- Pain That Radiates Into the Buttocks or Legs
- Difficulty Standing Erect or Standing in One Position for a Long Time
- Weakness and Leg Fatigue While Walking
Treatment of Low Back Pain
Here at Discover Soft Tissue and Spine we utilize manual soft tissue treatments, spinal manipulation, exercises and stretches to work on relieving pain and correcting complications associated with lower back pain. To see if we may be able to help you call 616-956-1112 today for a consultation.