Low Back Pain Treatment and Causes

Apart from the common cold, low back pain remains one of the most common reasons patients will consult health care practitioners. In fact, 8 in 10 patients will present with low back pain at some point in their lives, and although most pain is self-limiting, in some cases, it can develop into a chronic condition with high disability rates.

In the US, Low back pain is the second leading cause of disability which is costing the government approximately $100 – 200 billion a year (this includes time lost at work and loss of wages).

Low back pain is one of the most expensive causes of disease and disability in Canada. More alarmingly, a recent study done to ascertain the prevalence of LBP in Africa, found that compared to global LBP prevalence, LBP amongst African populations seemed to be higher.

Futhermore, The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) found that out of 291 conditions, LBP scored top of the list for disability and sixth highest in overall burden. It is clear that LBP is a leading cause of disability globally and is costing governments millions.

Chiropractic treatment has been proven to be very effective in treating mechanical low back pain. This refers to back pain due to a functional abnormality, and usually affects the spinal joints, vertebrae, discs, muscles & ligaments. It can help reduce the overall cost to governments and decreases the need for surgery and re-ocurrence of pain. Futhermore, there are less complications of drug adverse side effects and a high level of patient satisfaction.

Chiropractors treat low back pain with a variety of modalites, the main being adjustments and mobilisations (which restore alignment and mobility), dry needling, massage, strapping, exercises, ergonomic advise and postural correction techniques are also given.

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