Researchers tell us that 85 percent of Americans will experience at least one episode of back pain at some point in their adult lives. Sometimes, back pain resolves in two to four weeks, but it is not unusual for mechanical back pain to persist for months or even years without chiropractic treatment. Here are three things that our chiropractor at Market Place Chiropractic in Lake Stevens wants you to know about mechanical back pain. Mechanical back pain, by the way, is back pain that can be traced back to an injury.
There Is Usually a Memorable Event That Triggers Mechanical Back Injury
A chiropractor hears some version of this personal history every day: "I was lifting something heavy when my back went out." Back pain can be triggered when a parent picks up a child, or a nursing home assistant lifts a patient. Back pain can result from grabbing a heavy box off a conveyor belt or twisting to one side or another while picking up a heavy load. It is also a common occurrence after falls or auto accidents. Straining to lift heavy loads can cause a disc to move out of alignment, pinching a nerve. That pinched nerve can cause numbness or tingling, but it is more likely to cause unremitting pain.
Certain Activities Are a Set Up for Back Pain
There are also daily activities that contribute to chronic back pain. People who work with any kind of machine that vibrates often suffer from back pain. Back pain can also strike people who spend too much time on vibration devices at the gym. Anyone who spends a lot of time sitting, such as a patrol officer or anyone who does most of their work on a computer, has a greater risk of back pain.
Certain Activities Will Not Stop Causing Back Pain Without Chiropractic Care
There are two conditions that almost always result in chronic back pain without treatment from a chiropractor. One of them is sciatica. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body, leaving the spine between L4 and S3. Discs between the L4 and S3 vertebrae act like shock absorbers.
When a herniated disc or a disc out of proper alignment causes the edge of a vertebral bone to pinch this nerve, constant pain may follow. Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that most often shows up in adolescence. Chiropractors help teens and adults overcome this condition by assisting them in building up their core muscles.
You don't have to live with back pain. Your chiropractor can diagnose the condition causing your back pain and provide immediate, drug-free relief. You and your chiropractor can work together with chiropractic adjustments and lifestyle changes to help you get and stay back pain-free.
Market Place Chiropractic Is Here to Help
Are you looking for a chiropractor near you? Call us at (425) 335-0300 to make your appointment today! The offices of Market Place Chiropractic are located at 9633 Market Pl #103 in Lake Stevens, WA.