Did you know that 80% of the population experiences back pain on a regular basis and around 33% of those are due to stains and sprains.
Once you’ve had an episode of back pain, your odds of a recurrence within six months are approximately 33%.
Based on my experience as a top Raleigh chiropractor, here are seven common causes and things to consider avoiding if you want to minimize your risk of experiencing back pain.
1.Screen time causes back pain
The average person spends around nine hours a day hunched in front of their computers, TV screens, phones and tablets All of this excessively slouched posture stresses the muscles and joints in the back causing back pain.
To combat this, take breaks get up and walk around the office when you feel your back begin to tighten up. Do neck stretches. Roll out your neck while squeezing your shoulder blades together and lowering your shoulders. Adjust your seat and computer screen to eye level this way you’re not looking down which forces you to slouch your back. At our top Raleigh, NC chiropractic clinic, we can recommend some therapeutic exercises.
2. Maintain a strong core to avoid back pain
Having a weak core,which includes your abdominal muscles, glute muscles, back muscles, and pelvic muscles, is the leading cause of lower back pain. If you can combine this with optimal flexibility you’ll give yourself much much better chances of having less back pain throughout the years.
3. You sleep on your stomach if you suffer from back pain
Sleeping on your stomach can compress your facet joints in your spine excessively throughout the night. These joints can become inflamed and lead to a condition called facet syndrome. Symptoms of facet syndrome are typically a moderate dull ache in the back that does not improve with time and treatment. From my experience treating patients at my Raleigh, NC chiropractic clinic, I wrote a blog post about facet syndrome and how chiropractic care can help.
4. Smoking can cause back pain
Smoking wreaks havoc on your lungs, heart and entire body. Don’t forget there is a strong correlation between smoking and back pain. Smoking constricts blood vessels and blood flow to your spinal vertebrae and discs causing them to age faster and breakdown at an accelerated rate. Additionally,smoking interferes with your body’s ability to process minerals like magnesium and calcium which are essential for bone health.
5. Carrying emotional stress
Being depressed or under excessive stress can lead to lower back pain. Also, getting the proper amount of sleep causes an increase in back pain. People with major depression are four times as likely to develop disability related to back and neck pain. If you’re dealing with emotional stress, depression or anxiety you are very likely experiencing back pain. Make sure to speak with me about a Psychologist or Psychiatrist referral at our Raleigh, NC chiropractic office so that we can address your underlying emotional stress together.
6. You’re not active enough
People who exercise and are moving more experience less back pain. If you are too sedentary your vertebrae and muscles aren’t working as much and this can lead to back pain on a regular basis. Some recommendations I give to patients are to get moving. Walking in the morning or after work, going to the gym, swimming, yoga, tennis, pilates, are all excellent sources of exercise to help decrease back pain.
7. You’re wearing the wrong shoes
High heels cause back pain but so can flat sandals and flip-flops due to a lack of arch support. Problems in your feet can translate up your kinetic chain through your knees and hips into your back. Find the right shoe that provides optimal arch and heel support. Make sure on your next appointment at our Raleigh, NC chiropractic clinic. Fortunately, custom orthotics are often times covered by insurance.
If you have any more questions about the treatment of chronic or acute low back pain and live in the greater Raleigh, NC area, feel free to reach out and schedule an appointment today .
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Dr. Jeffrey Gerdes D.C.