Lower back pain affects more than 80% of people in North America at some time in their lives. The cause of this lower back pain varies by person, but for most people it's a treatable condition. Some of the common causes of lower back pain include:
Excess weight and pregnancy are also common reasons for lower back pain today.
During pregnancy, a woman typically gains a significant amount of weight in a relatively short period of time. This weight — the developing baby — is in the lower half of the body, which puts a great deal of extra strain on the spine. As the baby grows, the spine can be gradually pulled increasingly out of alignment, which can result in lower back pain. People who are significantly overweight can have the same problem.
Middle back pain is often caused by muscle strain or overuse. Any type of damage to the ligaments, discs, and muscles supporting the spinal column can also cause pain in the middle back. Poor postural habits can also be a contributor to middle back pain.
The approach to treatment depends on the origin of the pain. At Balance Wellspace, Dr. Jennifer Walker and her team will evaluate the patient with a hands-on exam. X-rays may also be done if needed. When X-rays are required, patients are shielded for safety and exposure times are limited to just 100ths of a second.
After identifying the origin of the back pain, the Balance team can perform specific spinal manipulations to correct the issue. These adjustments will bring the spine into a state of ideal alignment, which can have benefits for both the back and the whole body.
Chiropractic care takes a totally natural approach to back pain. No drugs are used and there are no invasive procedures. With chiropractic adjustments, the original cause of the pain can be eliminated, leaving patients pain-free now and in the future.
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