Of all the health maladies in the world, back pain is one of the most universal. Almost everyone has experienced back pain before, and for some people, it's a chronic problem that follows them through life. At Advanced Family Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Imperial, we help many patients manage and recuperate from their back pain on a daily basis. Here's what you need to know about avoiding back pain and treating it if you already have it.
What's Causing Your Back Pain?
Back pain has so many potential causes that it's hard to list them all. Much of the time, discomfort in the upper or lower back is caused by an injury such as a sprain or strain. Lifting heavy objects improperly, playing sports, and even working around the house can lead to a back injury. Other causes of back pain include arthritis, ruptured disks, and poor posture.
No one is immune to back pain, but there are certain risk factors that make some people more likely to experience it than others. One of these is age. The older you are, the more likely you are to have pain in your back. Fitness level is another factor. People who don't exercise frequently are more likely to injure themselves than their fitter counterparts. Other risk factors for back pain are smoking, being overweight, and being in poor mental health.
How to Manage Your Back Pain
Sometimes back pain can be avoided through lifestyle factors. If your back is currently pain-free, you can keep it that way by staying active and fit. The healthier and stronger you are, the less likely you'll be to sustain a back injury. In a similar vein, practicing proper lifting techniques and using an ergonomic desk chair can help you stave off injuries and repetitive stress that could lead to back pain.
What if your back already hurts? Getting regular exercise is still a good way to ease your pain naturally. Another effective natural remedy is seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis. The purpose of chiropractic care is to identify problems with your spine and correct them manually, which allows your body's systems to come back into sync with each other and heal naturally. Chiropractic care for back pain has been shown to be as effective at eliminating pain as taking over-the-counter painkillers.
Make an Appointment with a Chiropractor for Your Back Pain
Advanced Family Chiropractic and Rehabilitation is here for you and your family. If you'd like to find out whether chiropractic care can help reduce your or a loved one's back pain, make an appointment at our convenient Imperial location today. You can reach us by phone at (636) 464-5900.