Unfortunately, back pain is a common problem and causes many Americans to miss work each year. Thankfully, there are preventative measures people can take to either prevent back pain, or lessen the pain after an injury happens. With a combination of home treatment and chiropractic help, surgery is not typically needed for back pain.

Often the first symptom of back pain is muscle ache. People may feel a shooting or stabbing pain, or pain that radiates down the leg. Sometimes, with back pain comes limited flexibility or range of motion. Occasionally when people experience back pain, they have an inability to stand straight.

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Back pain is considered acute when it lasts up to a few weeks. However, if pack pain lasts for longer than three months, doctors would consider it a chronic condition. There are times when acute back pain is relieved with home treatment and self-care. However, if there is no improvement in 72 hours, it is best to see your experienced Charlotte NC chiropractor at ChiroCarolina®.

Remember, there are times when a doctor should be contacted immediately. People should contact a doctor right away if they experience back pain and are over 50 years old. Regardless of age, if pain is constant or intense, particularly while lying down contact a doctor right away. Additionally, if the pain is accompanied by new bowel or bladder problems, contact a doctor immediately. If there is a fever or weakness, numbness or tingling in one or both legs, or the back pain is caused by an injury it is best to consult a doctor immediately.

Women are more likely than men to experience back pain. Other risk factors include: smoking, obesity and even aging. Sedentary and stressful jobs also increase the risk of developing back pain. Doctors also say that depression and anxiety can be risk factors for back pain.

Exercise is a big part of preventing back pain

Doctors recommend low-impact aerobic activities, especially those that do not strain the back. Exercises help because they increase strength and endurance to help muscles function.  Experts suggest walking and swimming, but a doctor can suggest appropriate activities that fit with a your lifestyle and fitness level.

Chiropractic care is an effective treatment option for back pain

Research has shown that chiropractic care is an effective and safe treatment for back pain. After determining the cause of the back pain, a chiropractor can begin treatment. Often, chiropractic treatment can prevent back pain from becoming a chronic condition. It is important that the chiropractor has information regarding medical history, including current medications, before beginning treatment.

If you are ready to receive back pain treatment, contact your Charlotte NC chiropractor today at ChiroCarolina®.

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