The Truth About Low Back Injuries
Every year, millions of Americans from all walks of life suffer the effects of a low back injury. Eight out of ten American regularly experience low back pain. Most of this pain is due to mechanical defects in one or more of the segments of the spine. An injury only brings that defect to the forefront in the form of pain.
Your low back can be injured by improper lifting, twisting, sports, falls, direct blows to the back, automobile accidents, fatigue, and stress. The usual symptom is pain which may come on immediately or in some cases slowly, showing up two to three days after the incident. Some people will also develop leg pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling. The pain may be in one area or it can spread to areas far from the site of the original injury.
Serious symptoms requiring medical intervention include the inability to control one’s bowel or bladder, severe leg weakness, and paralysis. Someone with any of these symptoms should go immediately to their physician or emergency room for treatment.
Fortunately, these are not the usual results of low back injuries. Low back injuries left untreated, however, can lead to major problems in the years ahead.
Caring for Low Back Injuries
Low back injuries must be cared for properly or they can lead to more pain and future disability. Many people grit their teeth and ignore the pain, letting their body rest until they feel a bit better. What they often don’t feel is the degeneration going on in the injured joints – until many years later when a very minor incident creates enormous back pain.
All back injuries require evaluation by a Doctor of Chiropractic. Chiropractors specialize in the detection and treatment of malfunctions of the spine. An injury that causes malfunction of the spine needs to be properly treated in order to fully recover.
Spinal bones left in a position of stress can degenerate and form major calcium deposits that can grow right into a nerve, requiring removal. Vertebrae must be in their normal functioning position to avoid degeneration. In time, vertebrae left in a stressed position can lead to disc problems and nerve pressure.
Back injuries are not something to be shrugged off and ignored. You may feel somewhat better in a few days, but how do you know if your spine is really functioning properly? And taking medication to alleviate the pain only temporarily removes the pain. It does nothing towards healing the real issue.
If you have suffered a low back injury, give us a call so we can help you before you develop serious problems. You will be glad you did!
Before she studied to become a Chiropractor (D.C.) Dr. Thorburn was a Registered Nurse (R.N.), which is a very different background than most Chiropractors. Her rare experience gives her a well-rounded medical viewpoint and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.