What's Taking a Toll on Your Back?
By Sara Butler
No matter what you do each day, you can bet that your activities are taking a toll on your back. From playing a round of golf on the weekends to gardening to lifting the laundry basket, your day-to-day activities can take a toll on your spine, often leading to injury and pain. Every single year, millions of Americans suffer from back pain. Some bouts of back pain show up fast and go away after a few days but some can linger. Here are the most common causes of back pain and how the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help you and your back to stay free from pain.
The Causes of Back Pain
There are several things that can cause back pain. The most common causes of back pain seen by the chiropractors at The Joint include:
- Injuries - Falls, sports-related accidents, or car accidents can all result in back pain, sometimes mild or sometimes quite severe
- Strains and sprains - When a ligament or muscle has too much stress or strain placed up them, then a strain or sprain can occur. Often, these types of injuries are caused by twisting, improper lifting of heavy objects, and sudden movements
- Disc degeneration - As you get old back pain can become an increasing problem due to the breakdown of the discs that help to cushion the bones of your spine. These discs become less flexible and aren't able to protect the spine as they've done in the past, resulting in pain.
- Sciatica - Your sciatic nerve is the largest in your body, starting in your lower back and traveling all the way to your toes. If the nerve becomes irritated or compressed, then back pain and leg pain are a common result.
What You Can Do
Back pain isn't a foregone conclusion -- there is something you and your chiropractor can do to prevent it. The first thing you can do is to maintain a healthy weight through regular exercise and eating a healthy diet. You should also work with your chiropractor to understand your posture during the activities in your day so you know what kind of posture can help support a healthy spine and what can hurt it. Finally, make sure to see the chiropractor regularly. They can help reduce your chances of experiencing pain as they work with you to keep your back strong and healthy.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Magnolia, Tex.