Manipulation for Chronic Back Pain
Statistics show that 6 out of 10 adults suffer from back pain more or less severe through the course of years. Back pain is a common symptom that usually occurs due to muscle strains or damage to the spinal tissues. Although the pain can occur at any level of the back, lower back region is affected most often as it is the centre of our body weight. Here are some causes of back pain:
1. Spinal disc herniation
Occurs when the intervertebral discs undergo, along with aging, a process of degeneration which decreases their resistance. They get to compress nerves near the spine, which usually leads to the occurrence of chronic back pain. Most commonly, disc herniation takes placein the lumbar spine, thus triggering lombosciatica – a back pain that occurs suddenly, being accompanied by severe limitation of motion associated with pain sensitivity and radiation of the nerve paths. Causes can be: physical effort made at lifting weights, sudden waist twisting, local trauma etc.
2. Spine lesions
Fractures or sprains cause chronic back pain within a short amount of time. Sprains represent ligaments and capsular structures that connect the cervical facet joints and vertebrae. Fractures are often caused by osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become more fragile. Injuries can be triggered by various accidents.
It is a progressive disease characterized by decreased bone density and lowered strength. Women have a four times greater risk than men of developing osteoporosis. In advanced cases, due to bone fragility, one can easily suffer from vertebral and hip fractures.
It is a degenerative disease of articular cartilage (osteoarthritis) located in the spine. Depending on the severity of degenerative changes, spondylosis can cause pain in the affected area and limitation of spine’s mobility. From the edges of the vertebrae grow some bone spurs (common changes in arthritis) that can irritate a nerve root and then the pain will radiate to the territory served by the nerve.
5. Ankylosing spondylitis
This is a chronic inflammatory disease that predominantly affects the spine and often starts in the hip joint. This terribly unpleasant disease progresses to fibrosis, ossification and ankylosis of the spine. It can be treated in early stages.
6. Spine Deformities
This affection creates increased pressure on the vertebrae and the muscles, tendons and adjacent ligaments. Out of these, we remember scoliosis (curvature of the spine to one side – children take a wrong position during writing thus affecting somewhat shape of vertebral spine), kyphosis (“hump”) and lordosis (column lumbar is abnormally curved at the front, in the shape of an arc).
It frequently causes back pain due to body changing its center of gravity (caused by the weight of the uterus and growing fetus). In addition, pregnancy hormones determine relaxation of ligaments and structures in the back.
8. Renal disease
Infections, gallstones, bleeding injuries are frequently associated with chronic back pain.
A disease characterized by the development of cells similar to those that form the inside of the uterus (endometrial cells). It occurs due to DNA conditions.
It’s a disease that triggers profound fatigue and muscle pain. Researchers believe that it’s due to an inappropriate diet and lack of physical exercises.
11. Infections and tumors
Although not the most common causes of back pain, infections can cause noticeable lesions to the spinal disc. Tumors rarely cause back pain. Sometimes it happens though, in case they are located in the rear or, more often, as a result of a generalized cancer.
12. Prolonged sitting at work or in the car
When you stay seated, column pressure is 40% higher than when you stand up. To counter the effects of eight hours stood on a chair make use of stretching exercises at least 5-10 minutes per day. These exercises will lubricate joints and will prevent premature aging. Get up from the chair every 30 minutes. Make sure you have a correct position at the office.
Pain in the lower area is often caused by compression of the discs due to poor posture.
13. A mattress that is too old, too soft or too stiff
For the comfort of your back, a mattress should be replaced every five to six years. Check your purchase carefully to ensure that it’s right for you.
If you travel long distances by feet make sure to choose comfortable shoes which are lightweight and flexible. Keep in mind that shoes need to be replaced every 3 to 6 months otherwise they may cause back pain.Alert Symptoms
If you have these symptoms, go immediately to the doctor, because they may be signs of a serious health disorder:
– Back pain down the leg, below the knee;
You feel numb legs, groin or rectal area;