Did you know that an estimated 75 to 85 percent of all Americans will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime? Most certainly low back pain can be quite debilitating and painful. Good news, most cases respond well with non-surgical treatment. However, it has been estimated that 50 percent of all patients who suffer from an episode of low back pain will have a recurrent episode within one year.Read More
A common misconception often cited is that 90% of back pain will go away on its own without treatment. However, a recent review published in the European Spine Journal in 2003, showed that the reported proportion of patients who still experienced pain after 12 months was 62% (range, 42-75%), dispelling the popular notion that up to 90% of low back pain episodes resolve spontaneously within 1 month.Read More
Degenerative Disc Disease is a gradual process that occurs as we age. Gradually the water and protein content of the body’s cartilage changes. Sometimes this process is accelerated due to heavy occupational demands such as repetitive bending and twisting, heavy lifting, or accident and injury. These changes can result in weaker and thinner cartilage. Because both the discs and the joints (facet joints) are composed of cartilage, these areas are subject to wear and tear over time (degenerative changes). This gradual deterioration of the discs between the vertebrae (back bones) is referred to as degenerative disc disease.Read More
The 4 Traps Keeping you in Pain!
When you first start feeling back pain you start trying to treat the symptoms yourself. You might try exercise, stretching, chiropractic care, over-the- counter pain medications, Pilates, yoga, etc. These treatments that you try seem to “do the trick” for a few days or weeks (maybe even months) but the pain always seems to come back again. Usually the pain (symptoms) begins coming back with a vengeance. Then after unsuccessfully being able to rid yourself of the pain…Read More