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What You Should Know About Chronic Back Pain

By Sara Butler

Your spine is pretty extraordinary. It allows you to be flexible, twist, bend and hold you up in order for you to get to where you want to go. But back pain is a condition all too common and it can make you feel like your spine is a hindrance instead of a help. Any pain that lasts for longer than three months is considered chronic; here's what you need to know about chronic back pain if it's an issue in your life.

It's Common

If you suffer from chronic back pain, you're not alone. According to the American Chiropractic Association, you have an 80 percent chance of experiencing back pain at some point -- and it doesn't matter how old you are because it impacts the lives of people of all ages.

It's Distressing

If you suffer from chronic back pain, then activities of everyday life can become a big challenge, which can impact how you feel about life on a daily basis. Not being able to participate in activities you found enjoyable before the pain or not being able to care for your family as you'd like to can be very distressing.

It Can Cause Sleep Issues

When you're in pain, sleep can be difficult to come by. This lack of sleep or poor sleep patterns can make pain worse, impacting your quality of life. In fact, lack of sleep can make your back pain symptoms even worse. It's a like a vicious cycle of pain and lack of sleep that can really make things difficult to deal with.

How to Work Toward Better Health

If you suffer from back pain, don't despair! There are things you can do help manage your symptoms or prevent them from getting worse. You should:

  • Stay active - When you have back pain, the last thing you may want to do is exercise, but you should. Strong muscles that help to support your spine and an overall increase in your health can be a step in the right direction to help relieve your pain.
  • Stop smoking - Smoking can make back pain worse, so if you smoke, then it's important to take steps to quit.

If you have questions or concerns about back pain, the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are excellent resources. Come in today for an evaluation and get on the road to recovery!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arvada, Colo.

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