Upper-Mid-Lower Back Pain – WHY?
This question has plagued all of us, including researchers for a long time! Could low back pain exist be because we’re all inherently lazy, don’t exercise enough, or don’t visit our Pittsburgh Chiropractor? Or maybe it’s because we have a job in Pittsburgh that’s too demanding on our back? No matter the reason, LeGault Chiropractic in Pittsburgh, PA (North Hills) can provide treatment and care to restore and maintain your health.
To properly address this question, here are some interesting facts:
- The prevalence of low back pain (LBP) is common, as 70-85% of ALL PEOPLE have back pain that requires treatment of some sort at some time in life.
- On a yearly basis, the annual prevalence of back pain averages 30% and once you have back pain, the likelihood of recurrence is high.
- Back pain is the most common cause of activity limitation in people less than 45 years of age.
- Back pain is the 2nd most frequent reason for physician visits, the 5th ranking reason for hospital admissions, and is the 3rd most common cause for surgical procedures.
- About 2% of the US workforce receives compensation for back injuries annually.
- Similar statistics exist for other countries, including the UK and Sweden.
So, what are the common reasons and causes as to why back pain is so common in Pittsburgh?
One reason has to do with the biomechanics of the biped – that is, the two legged animal. Therefore, the problem is an underlying dysfunction that can be unrelated to a specific event or injury. When compared to the 4-legged animals, the vertically loaded spine carries more weight in the low back, as a result, disc and joint deterioration and/or arthritis occur much sooner. Plus we tend to overload the spine because we can.
We have 2 free arms to lift and carry items that often weigh way too much for our back to be able to safely handle. We also lift and carry using poor technique. Another reason is anatomical, as the blood supply to our vertebral discs is poor at best, and becomes virtually non-existent after age 30. Which in turn makes healing of vertebral disc tears a time consuming process. Risk factors for increased back injury include heavy manual lifting requirements, poor or low control of the work environment, prior incidence of low back pain, and lack of chiropractic care.
Other risk factors include psychosocial issues such as fear of injury, beliefs that pain means one should not work, beliefs that treatment or time will not help resolve a back episode, the inability to control the condition, high anxiety and/or depression levels, and more.
Because there are so many reasons back problems exist, since the early 1990’s, it has been strongly encouraged that we as health care providers utilize a “biopsychosocial model” of managing those suffering with low back pain, which requires not only chiropractic treatment but proper patient education putting to rest unnecessary fears about back pain.
Contact LeGault Chiropractic at 3380 Babcock Blvd. in North Hills Pittsburgh, 15237 to schedule an evaluation to prevent and/or treat the underlying problem.