What causes back pain?
There are many causes that can lead to back pain and, in most cases, it is very difficult to find out the root cause behind it. Almost all structures in the back have the potential to cause back pain when they are affected with injury or disease. Still, most people with back pain do not have serious damage to their spine as the pain often comes from joints, ligaments and surrounding muscles. Some of the most common causes of back pain are:
- Muscle strains in people whose back is out of condition can lead to tearing of the tissue and repetitive use can lead to muscle damage.
- Osteoporosis causes bones to lose their density and strength which can cause painful fractures on the vertebrae
- Sciatica develops and causes pain when the nerve that goes from the back into the leg becomes compressed by the intervertebral disc.
- Arthritis is often linked to back pain especially forms such as osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.
- Structural problems such as bad posture and various genetic conditions can cause pain by putting stress on the structures in the spinal column.
- Stress can cause muscle tension which can lead to fatigue and stiffness in the muscles. Constant stiffness can create imbalance in the posture and cause misalignment of the spine.
Facts & Figures
- According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics National Health Survey, around 2 million Australians have back problems.
- It is estimated that as high as 90% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.
- Back pain is very common issue for young and middle-aged Australians and it can start very early in life (between age 8 and 10).
- Pain is the most frequent symptom in all back problems. According to a research study, 14% with back problems have constant pain and 86% experience pain at least one day per week.
How can we help you to manage your back pain?
The goal of our back pain chiropractic service is to reduce the painful symptoms and improve the range of motion, flexibility and strength in your spine. We will carefully analyse your complete medical history in order to determine possible risks such as specific diseases and lifestyle factors that could be the cause behind your back pain.
Additionally, we will thoroughly evaluate the condition of your back using back exercises and stretching techniques to determine where exactly is the pain occurring and what specific movements trigger the pain.
Once we determine the core cause of your back pain, we will start with a chiropractic treatment specifically designed for your back condition and symptoms. The treatment might involve procedures such as back adjustment in order to improve your range of motion and circulation, physical therapy, massage, spinal decompression and various exercises that you can do at your home.