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Chronic Back Pain: What You Should Know

By Sara Butler

Back pain is, unfortunately, a common occurrence. The American Chiropractic Association suggests that as many as 100 million American have chronic back pain each and every year. Chronic back pain is a different animal than acute back pain. Here's what you need to know to understand if the back pain you suffer from is acute or chronic and how the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help.

Acute or Chronic?

Acute back pain and chronic back pain are different and will be treated differently by the chiropractors at The Joint depending on the root cause of the pain. Acute back pain normally lasts less than three months. The pain is usually the result of a muscle sprain or strain.

Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than three months. It can be the result of an injury such as a car accident, but it doesn't have to be. Chronic back pain can be the result of one condition or a side effect of another, so it's important to get evaluated by the chiropractor to find the root cause and begin treatment.

The Symptoms

How do you know if your back pain is chronic? The amount of time you've been experiencing it (longer than three months) is one symptom. It's a good idea to get a calendar to try and track your pain, making sure to mark down the days you experienced back pain so your chiropractor can take a look at it.

Another symptom of chronic back pain is the kind of pain you experience. Chronic back pain tends to be more diffuse pain that isn't relegated to just one area. It's often dull and nagging instead of sharp. You may also experience stiffness, soreness, problems sleeping due to pain, and fatigue when you are dealing with chronic back pain.

How the Chiropractor Can Help

The chiropractors at The Joint know a thing or two about back pain -- chronic and acute. Pain is never something you should ignore, no matter how long you've been experiencing it. Make sure to bring the pain you're experiencing to the attention of the chiropractor so they can do a full evaluation and determine the cause behind your pain, then take steps to improve it.

If you're worried about the back pain you've been experiencing because it doesn't seem to be going away, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today.

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

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