Back pain and sciatic pain are 2 of the most common pain issues that adults face. It can be debilitating for many people.
A few interesting facts about back pain:
- Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010 and more recently the University of Washington in 2017.
- Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
- Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.3
- Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
Pain in the neck…
The low back is not the only place we can have this need of spinal decompression. In fact the 3rd most common place to have a disc problem is in the neck at C5-6 level.
What are the 6 things I should look out for?
- You have pain tracing from low-back/buttock to the leg/toes. (This is usually a sign of a spinal disc problem.)
- You are overweight and have chronic back pain
- You are very active and there is a new, intense back pain after exertion (even if you do this activity often).
- You are between the age of 40-80 and back pain gets more frequent and/or more intense over time.
- You have numbness or pins and needles in the hands or fingers
- You have numbness or pins and needles in the leg or feet
- Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is more than six months old
Something to keep in mind with each one of these there can be other reasons for the symptom that are possible. These are common symptoms that a spinal disc issue will present as. If one or more of the 6 are happening with you, we recommend consulting a qualified professional to ascertain the cause of the symptom.
Chiropractic adjustments along with non-surgical spinal decompression have shown to have dramatic improvement in pain relief and in the disability index (an index that shows effects of pain on day to day activities like walking, sitting at a desk, etc.).