Although chiropractors can help relieve many types of pain, most people associate them with back pain. Of the approximately 22 million Americans who visit a chiropractor each year, about 7.7 million do so in order to get relief from back pain. Many more Americans experience back pain but do not get the relief they need, as these startling statistics from the American Chiropractic Association reveal:
- Half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year
- After upper respiratory infections, back pain is the most common reason people visit the doctor.
- Most cases of back pain are not caused by serious conditions, but instead are caused by so-called mechanical or non-organic factors (like sports injuries, poor posture, etc)
- As much as 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives
Causes of Back Pain
There are many joints, ligaments, bones, and muscles in the back that are subject to lots of stress in the daily lives of even the average person. People who lead active lives, either due to their work or athletics, have even more stress placed on their back. When you consider that it’s actually possible to injure your back simply by sitting still for long periods of time (if you happen to have the wrong posture or support while you’re doing it), it’s no wonder that so many people experience back pain! If you do, consider visiting our Sacramento chiropractic office.
Some of the most common causes of back pain include:
- Sports injuries
- Poor posture
- Psychological stress
- Sprains and strains
Treatment of Back Pain
While there are many possible treatments for back pain, the only treatment that is non-invasive, drugless, safe, and effective is chiropractic alignment. In fact, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research recommends that people who suffer from back pain pursue a conservative treatment like chiropractic care before pursuing other options.
During chiropractic alignment, a chiropractor uses controlled force to manipulate the joints of the spine to improve the range and quality of motion. Usually a patient will have several treatments over the course of weeks, months, or even years, depending on the nature and severity of their back pain.