Back pain is one of the most common health issues in America today. About 31 million people in the United States suffer from low back pain, and it is the main cause of disability in the world today. Up to 80 percent of U.S. residents will have back pain or another back issue at some point in their life.
The causes of back pain are numerous. Sprained ligaments, muscle strain, ruptured discs, disc degeneration and joint irritation are among the most common causes. In some cases, the damage that leads to back pain happens very suddenly. For example, car accidents and sports injuries are common causes of the ligament, muscle and disc damage that lead to back pain. However, in other cases, the back pain develops more slowly over time. Weight gain, pregnancy, and poor posture can all cause back pain, as these conditions will gradually move the spine out of alignment. Sometimes, the back pain has its roots in the internal organs. For example, kidney stones and kidney infections can both lead to severe pain. Congenital diseases like spina bifida and scoliosis can also cause back pain.
The chiropractor will first consult with the patient about the back pain to learn as much as possible about its origins. After that, Dr. Steven Perry will do a hands-on examination. During this exam, he will precisely but gently palpate the painful area to gain more information about the pain. In some cases, X-ray images may be taken. The X-rays evaluate other types of injury and help confirm a back pain diagnosis.
Chiropractors can provide completely natural drug-free pain relief for back pain. Since spinal misalignment is often closely related to back pain, the chiropractor will perform a series of adjustments that will help restore spinal health. With a properly aligned spine, many back pain patients experience relief very quickly.
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