What Causes Back Pain?

Wanna know?  Well I’m about to tell you.  Your back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles.  You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain.  While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements – for example, pickup up a pencil from the floor – can have painful results.

In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological “stress” can cause or complicate back pain.  Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.

~Back Pain Facts & Statistics~

We care for more than just back pain, but a lot of our patients visit us looking for relief from this pervasive condition.  The fact is: 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time.

A few interesting facts about back pain that you might want to know:

  • Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide.
  • One-half 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.
  • 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, which is a good thing.
  • Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain – and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.
  • Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives, so that means either you or your friends, and co-workers are going to suffer and they might need a quick referral from you.  We’re here to help anyone with any kind of neck or back pain.  Just have them call the office.  We’ll talk to them and take good care of them.

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