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Are You Building Up to Lower Back Pain Problems?

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us have twinges of pain. Usually they go away and we forget all about them. But there are some signals that should not be ignored. If you hunch over a keyboard in front of a computer all day, you may be in the danger zone for lower back pain. The problem can develop slowly culminating in serious leg and lower back pain.

Eighty percent of us will run into lower back pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Women are more likely to encounter the problem, and often try to ignore it. If you have had back pain for more than six weeks, it should be checked out. Watch for these key warning signs.

Leg Pain Occurs

If you have pain that starts in your back or buttocks and travels down your leg to your foot, you may have nerve root irritation that can create muscle weakness, or tingling and numbness. Sciatic nerve pain in the leg should be caught early to avoid permanent problems. 

Limping Happens

Muscle weakness and pain that creates a limp may mean there is nerve damage that needs to be assessed to avoid more damage.

The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your area can help you pinpoint what is happening, and what should be done. The Joint’s doctors of chiropractic are well equipped to help.

When you come in, your chiropractor will review your back and leg pain, daily routines, and health history.

A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may be used to correct dysfunctions to relieve the pain. Then you and your chiropractor can shape a treatment program that may include stretching, heat applications, and a review of daily work habits.

Workplace Review

Rethinking work will be important to avoid future problems. Your chiropractor can help you assess your workplace as you set up regular times to break away for 5-10 minutes.

Your chair should have good back support. Your monitor should be at eye level and your feet should be flat on the floor. When you are seated, your shoulders should be back with your head centered over your spine to eliminate slumping and forward head positions.

Staying Active Is Vital

As you work with your chiropractor, staying active is a key issue. Taking regular breaks, learning correct posture, and practicing regular stretching can prevent future back and leg problems.

The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you is ready to help. Find out about the affordable healthcare plans that do not require insurance. Weekend and evening hours are available and walk-in visits are welcome. No appointments are needed.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Brookhaven, Ga.

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