Back pain affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives, and is more common in individuals over 30. It is often caused by mechanical problems with the back, although it can also be caused by chronic conditions including scoliosis and fibromyalgia, traumatic injury from an accident or fall, or stress.
Risk factors for back pain include age, weight, lack of physical fitness, heredity, poor posture, having to lift a lot for a job or hobby and smoking. Back pain that lasts more than two or three days is likely to need medical treatment. Most back pain is acute, meaning it lasts less than six weeks. While acute pain often gets better without treatment, you are likely to be given painkillers.
Chiropractic adjustment is a natural treatment for both chronic and acute back pain. A trained chiropractor can also advise on lifestyle changes, such as improving your posture, altering your sleep position, and learning how to lift correctly. These treatments reduce dependence on painkillers and can speed recovery. Bed rest, on the other hand, can make back pain worse if you take it for more than a day or so. For chronic pain, the Norwalk back pain doctor may also prescribe therapeutic exercises designed to help with recovery and help you to avoid a return of the pain.
For healthy people, an occasional visit to a chiropractor can help keep the spine healthy - as can regular exercise and learning to sit, stand, and lie correctly.
If you have back pain, remember that you are not alone - and that there are treatments out there. Chiropractic care can reduce the use of painkillers and potentially help avoid expensive and risky surgery for herniated or degenerated discs.