About 80% of people will suffer back pain at some point in their lives.
In fact, 31 million Americans are suffering back pain at any given time. And while there are all kinds of pills, creams and patches that help reduce pain, they don’t get to the root of the problem or offer you any sort of long-term solution.
And it’s not just your back. A pinched nerve can cause pain, numbness or tingling in your legs. A bulging disc can make your lower back pain spread into your hips, legs and feet.
Chiropractors are back pain experts, so If you have back pain, Dr. McGahey can help! Most patients start to feel relief right away, which is important when you’re hurting.
Back Pain Causes – Spoiler Alert: You May Be Doing It Right Now!
The most common cause of back pain is wear and tear. This occurs when the joints and muscles in your spine are placed under stress, day after day. Over months or years, that stress can make your joints stiff, and the muscles weak and painful. Poor posture, computer work, physical labor, and sitting or standing for long periods are common causes of wear and tear.
Unfortunately, this type of back pain can sneak up on you when you least expect it. One minute you’re feeling fine, and the next you move the wrong way and boom, you’re in pain. Or maybe you wake up one morning and can hardly get out of bed. And you didn’t do anything! This is your back telling you it’s had enough, and now you’re going to pay.
Back Pain Symptoms – You Can’t Run From Them
Sometimes you actually can’t run because of back pain symptoms. You may have sharp or catching pain that makes putting on your socks feel like pure torture. You may have pain in your buttocks, or even over the hip sockets when lying on your side. If your sciatic nerve is irritated you may feel pain, tingling or numbness in your legs or even your feet, something called sciatica.
Your back pain symptoms really depend on the type of injury you’ve suffered, and which joints and muscles are involved. The first step in knowing is a thorough examination by a chiropractor to determine the exact cause of your lower back pain. But don’t ignore your symptoms, because they can become worse in a hurry.
Back Pain Treatment – Better Now Than Later!
In many cases, back pain starts slowly. Maybe you’ve been feeling some stiffness, or have woken up sore after exercise or physical activity. Maybe you sit at a desk all day and have started to notice your back is bothering you. If that’s the case you have a choice: deal with it now or deal with it later.
If you choose to ignore it, that mild pain can turn into sciatica, disc pain or a pinched nerve pretty quickly. That mean a longer recovery and a lot more pain. Taking care of your back pain before it becomes a big problem means a faster recovery and less pain. And who doesn’t like the sounds of that?
Back Pain Prevention – It’s Never Too Late, Even If You’re Hurting
There are lots of little things you can do to reduce wear and tear on your back. A sit/stand desk can go a long way in preventing back pain. Research has shown it also improves your mood and helps you live longer than those who only sit. Regular stretch breaks can also help.
Chiropractic care and Active Release can help your spine and muscles stay healthy if you have to sit all day. And McKenzie exercises can help keep your discs healthy.
talk about sit/stand desks, mckenzie exercise, stretch breaks, regular maintenance care.
Ready to Feel Better?
If back pain and stiffness are creeping into your daily routine, don’t ignore the warning signs. You may end up with a bigger problem than you bargained for. If you’re suffering from back pain, Dr. McGahey can help you get to the source of the problem and create a treatment plan to help eliminate it as quickly as possible.
Chiropractic and Active Release can help break up scar tissue and return normal motion to the joints, leading to improved flexibility, better sleep, a faster return to activity and less chance of re-injury down the road. And McKenzie Therapy can help you keep your back healthy and feeling great when you’re done with treatment.
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Dr. McGahey has been helping people with back pain just like you since 1998. No referral is necessary. Just call or click to schedule an appointment with Dr. McGahey and start feeling better today!