Back pain is not fun for any occasion. It is also a huge problem in our healthcare system and greatly affects the economy in general. It is one of the primary causes of disability in the United States and in Singapore. The following are some important facts about back pain. These are according to the American Chiropractic Association also known as the ACA.
Fifty percent of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. 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. 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain, and that’s just for the more easily identified costs. Experts estimate as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives. 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.
There are two different types of mechanical stress that can cause lower and upper back pain. The first is a blatant injury to the spine. This can be anything from an auto accident, sports injury or slip and fall. This cause of back pain is easy to understand in its entirety.
Damage to your spinal column causes injury to the soft tissues such as the ligaments, muscles and discs. This is why the first step is to make your home, work area and automobile as spine safe as possible. Home and work should be kept uncluttered and organized so you do not slip and fall. This is especially important in the evening, when lighting may be too low. A seatbelt that includes both a lap and shoulder harness should always be worn while driving and your headrest should be checked and adjusted to your height to minimize damage from a crash. If you are in a car accident, you should be examined by a doctor trained to handle these types of injuries to the spine. Chiropractors in Singapore are well-trained in the diagnosis and treatment of car accident injuries.
Disc and back pain caused by the trauma from automobile accidents and falls is obvious. What’s not obvious is the other type of mechanical stress that can occur from day to day activity. This is micro-trauma which is a small amount of bad force applied to your back or spine. This small amount of destructive force does not seem to be a big deal and usually does not cause pain or discomfort immediately. It usually occurs over time. Micro-traumas ads up and can cause major problems in the spine and even the rest of the body. An example of such a micro trauma is poor posture. This can be from either sitting, standing or sleeping. Either one of these three, over time, can ruin the structural integrity of your spine and cause major pain. That’s why the second tip is to make sure you have the proper bed and chair and always keep good posture.
If you need advice on any of this, your Singapore Chiropractor is an expert and can help you. And you should try not to stand, sit or lay in one position too long. Motion is important – when in doubt, change position! Prevention of back pain is one of the most important things you can do in your life. Minimizing both big and small stresses on your spine is one important way to accomplish this goal. To get evaluated call 6738 8008 today!