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BACK PAIN

The Cause

If you are experiencing back pain, you are not alone.  Back pain affects around 80% of people during their lifetime! 

Back pain may begin unexpectedly as a result of lifestyle changes, after an accident, by lifting something heavy, or it can develop and progress over time due to age-related changes of the spine. 

Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, it can range widely from a mild constant ache to severe incapacitating pain but in all cases, it can have a profound impact on your daily life. 

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About Your Back

The spine is one of the most important parts of your body, keeping yourself upright whilst allowing movement and flexibility. 

The main function of the spine is to protect the spinal cord which is a column of nerves that connect your brain with the rest of your body. 

The spine is made up of 24 vertebrae which are stacked on top of one another. Your lower back is made up of the lowest five vertebrae which are attached to the sacrum and coccyx. Your spinal cord passes through the vertebrae and between them there are discs that act as shock absorbers and help your spine to bend in all directions.

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Types Of Lower Back Pain

The most common type of back pain is Mechanical lower back pain and accounts for over 90% cases of back pain and is the type that is commonly and effectively treated by manual therapies such as Chiropractic.

Mechanical lower back pain means that the pain comes from the spinal joints, discs, vertebrae, nerves or surrounding soft tissues (muscles, ligaments or tendons) and injuries in relation to them, for example: muscle or ligament strain/sprains, herniated discs, compressed nerves, degenerative discs or joint disease, therefore before any treatment is commenced, a thorough examination by your Chiropractor is required to determine the cause of your back pain. 

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Common Symptoms

  • Pain that is focused to the lower back, buttocks or even groin area. 

  • Pain that increases with movement of the low back or a change of posture 

  • Stinging, burning pain that travels from the lower back to the back of the thigh and lower leg on one or both legs, commonly known as sciatica.

  • Pain that worsens after prolonged sitting or standing 

  • Muscle spasms or stiffness in the lower back, that is usually worse in the mornings. 

Rare low back pain symptoms. You should go to A+E immediately if you experience the following symptoms: 

  • have sudden difficulty passing urine 

  • lose control of your bowels 

  • are unsteady when you walk, your legs feel weak or your foot is dropping or dragging 

  • have numbness or severe pain around your bottom or genitals

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Back Pain

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