Are you needlessly suffering with Back Pain in Chapel Hill or the surrounding Raleigh-Durham area?
Research shows that the majority of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their life. Upper, middle, and low back pain can be a nuisance and keep you from doing the activities that you love. In fact, back pain has grown to be the #1 cause of disability in the United States.
We can help. Dr. Cosmas Leigh at Leigh Brain & Spine can determine what is causing your back pain, how to treat and get rid of it and then how it can be prevented in the future.
What Causes Back Pain?
It is estimated that 31 Million Americans suffer from low back pain at any given moment. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people miss work. Most of the cases of back pain are not caused by a major organic problems like arthritis, fracture or cancer but are caused by less serious and preventable mechanical conditions from improper or overuse. Americans spend an astonishing $50 billion dollars a year on back pain.
Your back is a very complicated structure with many parts working together in concert: tendons, ligaments, muscles, discs, and bones have to work together for your back to perform and feel well. If any part of the equation becomes irritated or damaged problems can arise and pain is felt as a symptom of the underlying problem occurring. Perhaps a car accident or work injury occurred and you know exactly when the problem began. Many times it is minor, but repetitive, stress that causes the most damage. This can make it impossible for you to recall when the pain started or what caused it. Sometimes your back pain is not caused by the musculature at all. It can be a symptom of obesity, gastrointestinal problems, urinary tract infections, spinal stenosis, or osteo-arthritis. It is important to seek out a doctor or back pain specialist with advanced credentials and experience such as at Leigh Brain & Spine in order to take all health variables into account.
Through comprehensive assessment at Leigh Brain & Spine, Dr. Leigh can determine what the back problem is and how to fix it preventing serious lifelong conditions that are avoidable.
Back Pain is a common, painful condition affecting the lower portion of the spine.
Back Pain Facts:
According to Google and the Mayo Clinic, Back Pain is “Very common” In fact more than 3 million US cases per year. An injury causes low back pain to a muscle (strain) or ligament (sprain). Common causes include improper lifting, poor posture, lack of regular exercise, fracture, ruptured disk, or arthritis. Often, the only symptom is pain in the lower back. Chiropractic treatment, Physical therapy, and pain relievers can help. A few cases may require surgery, but we recommend exhausting all other treatment options before considering surgery.
Usually self-diagnosable, back pain is still recommended to have a chiropractic visit with our office to determine the cause and appropriate treatment. Often, the only symptom is pain in the lower back. People may experience:
- Pain areas: in the back, muscles and bones, hip, or leg
- Sensory: leg numbness or pins and needles
- Also common: back joint dysfunction or muscle spasms
Back Pain Therapies
Stretching a joint past its current restricted range of motion to restore movement and reduce pain.
Stretching exercises can improve flexibility and improve physical function.
Restores spine to optimal function and improves blood flow. Hands-on adjustment of the spine, called spinal manipulation, is the basis of chiropractic care and can often reduce or eliminate back pain.
Relaxes tense muscles.