Back Pain Facts & Statistics
Back pains affect more than 80% of Americans at one point or another within their lifetime, and it is generally reoccurring. Whereas some back pains can usually go away on their own, more than half of the people that experience them will continue to do so for prolonged periods of time, which can extend for over several months, or even years. This can affect a person’s daily life and activities to the point of nearly bringing them to a complete stop.
Common Causes of Back Pain
Whether it’s upper or lower back pain that you are experiencing, it can be caused by a number of different things. A sedentary lifestyle or job can be a common reason for experiencing back pain, although an active manual labor job can be a major contributor, as well. Perhaps if you are active in sports or other outdoor activities such as skiing, climbing or biking, you may have had a crash or fall that resulted in back pain. Whatever the reason being or cause for your back pains, the physical therapists at Life Health Medical Center can help you by providing the care needed to alleviate pain, allowing you to get back to enjoying the things that you love to do most in life. Our experts aim to find the root cause of any pain you may be experiencing so if your injury caused a strain, disc problems, or arthritis we’ll find it and get you the treatment plan to fit your unique situation.
Finding Back Pain Relief
Knowing when to see a doctor for your back pain can be difficult especially when you aren’t sure about the cause of the pain. The best indicator that you should see a doctor is if that the pain has continued past a few weeks, and home remedies have not improved the pain. If the pain is severe and spreads down both legs, or causes weakness, numbness or tingling in the back or down the legs the injury needs medical attention. Back pain is not something to take lightly; even though it is very common among Americans, the condition can turn chronic if not treated.
The physical therapists at Life Health Medical Center will teach you special relaxation techniques, as well as low-impact muscle strengthening exercises that are developed around your current physical level. Whereas not everybody heals the same, not every exercise plan is considered standard, either. This is why our therapists design a unique plan that is customized with each specific patient’s needs in mind.
Caring for Back Pain at Home
At Life Health Medical Center, we have helped many people over the past decade to find relief from upper and lower back pains, both chronic and acute. Our physical therapists are skilled in creating customized functional rehabilitation programs that are designed with each patient’s specific needs in mind, to put their bodies back into proper alignment, just the way nature intended for it to be. If you would like more information about getting back pain relief, please contact Life Health Medical Center today. We’ve been providing caring and offering relief to the residents of the Salt Lake Valley for over 10 years, and we’re here to help you out.
Preventing Further Back Pain
Whether or not you have received treatment for your back pain yet or not, there are some preventive measures you can take to avoid pain in the future. One measure is avoiding straining your back, and lifting heavy objects with only your back. This can result in all kinds of muscle, disc, and skeletal issues in your back and leave you with life-long issues. Being sure to siting and standing up straight, and maintaining good posture will also help your back to remain strong and keep pain free.