How Back Pain Comes About and How You Can Avoid It
Back pain is a serious problem in the United States, with half of all working Americans seeking treatment every year for some back affliction, leading to the loss of more than 250 million work days every twelve months. Experts estimate that four of every five people in the United States will miss work at some point during their lives because of back problems.
As a general rule, most back pain goes away when you take reasonable steps—avoid lifting heavy objects or engaging in strenuous activity, avoid unnecessary weight gain. Typically, if the pain has not subsided within a couple days, it’s probable time to see a professional. If the injury was caused by any type of trauma, such as a fall or blow to the back, you should seek immediate care.
The Common Causes of Back Pain
As a general rule, back pain stems either from traumatic injury or from spinal degeneration. Unless the injury is severe and causes permanent changes in your body, that pain caused by traumatic injury tends to heal faster than pain caused by spinal degeneration. Some of the common causes of back pain include:
- Bulging or ruptured disks — Your disks act as cushions between your vertebrae. When they rupture or bulge, they don’t perform optimally, causing pain.
- Muscle or ligament pulls or strains — This can result from an accident or from repetitive motion or stress
- Arthritis — This is an inflammation of your joints. There are two forms—osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Skeletal problems — If your spine curves one way or the other, it can lead to discomfort
- Osteoporosis — This manifests with you bones becoming brittle and porous, so that they are more susceptible to fracture.
Ways You Can Minimize the Risk of Back Pain
The best treatment for back pain is to avoid it altogether. To minimize the potential for back pain, you want to:
- Exercise regularly, focusing on low impact strength and endurance programs
- Keep your muscles strong and flexible
- Watch your weight — Carrying too much weight can be hard on your back
- Stop smoking — Smoking reduces blood flow, slowing the healing process and impeding the flow of nutrient into the disks in your back.
Experiencing Back Pain?—Let Peralta Chiropractic Help
At Peralta Chiropractic, with offices in Dallas, we use chiropractic care and treatment to improve the health and well-being of patients across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including people hurt in motor vehicle accidents. Call us at 214-942-3700 or at 817-923-1254 to set up an appointment.