What Are The Common Causes of Back Pain?

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Dr. Abbey is a graduate of National University of Health Sciences, where she earned her doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. She is also a certified brain health professional from the Amen Clinics.As a Chiropractic Physician, Dr. Abbey Houde believes we all have the ability to heal from within. Her focus is to educate and develop an individualized treatment plan to work toward your recovery or health goals. Dr. Abbey believes health is a beautiful balance between the physical, mental, and emotional state of your being.

Dr. Abbey has over 1,000 hours of clinical observation and participation in rehabilitative neurology. She has two initial assessments, a neurological or chiropractic plan, to choose from to better fit your specific needs.She also implements therapies such as acupuncture and cupping for optimal health.

Overview

Back pain is a very common condition. Millions of Americans have ongoing back pain. While back pain can be frustrating and debilitating, the upside is that the majority of episodes of back pain improve or resolve with minimal care, and usually within a few weeks.

Common Causes

Dr. Abbey showed us several common causes of back pain and recommended the use of a Lotsfit massage gun to relieve pain.

 

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Herniated discs

It’s usually caused by wear and tear. Herniated discs can cause pain in your lower back or hip because the nerves there are pressed.

Degenerative disc disease

The discs, or “shock absorbers” between your spine’s vertebrae, shrink or tear. That causes the bones to rub together. This may happen as you get older.

Osteoarthritis

This type of arthritis happens when your cartilage and bones break down. This most often affects people from middle age onward.

Sprains and strains

Injuries to ligaments, muscles, and tendons that support the spine and its joints can lead to back pain. This often happens when you lift something and twist at the same time. It can also happen because of sports injuries.

Common unsupported postural habits

Common habits that you may develop while performing these actions include:

      • Slouching or sitting slumped on your office chair or couch
      • Lying on your belly on the bed while working on a laptop/reading a book
      • Sitting on a bed and working on your laptop
      • Hunching forward while weeding your garden or washing dishes for a long time
      • Standing with the weight of your body concentrated on one leg
      • Walking in a hunched manner without supporting the head or the trunk
      • Lifting heavy objects off the floor by bending your back

Treatment

Heat and cold

Use hot or cold packs depending on which seems more helpful to you.

Sleep well

Put one pillow under your knees and another under your lower back. Sleeping on your stomach can be especially hard on your back. If you can’t sleep any other way, place a pillow under your hips.

Change posture

First, check your posture by standing with your heels against a wall. Your calves, buttocks, shoulders, and the back of your head should touch the wall. You should be able to slip your hand behind the small of your back. Now, step forward and stand normally. If your posture changes, correct it right away.

Pain medication

Try non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) .

 

 

 

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