Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

August 15, 2016

Back Pain Facts & Questions

 

Mechanical low back pain is one of the most common patient complaints expressed to emergency physicians in the United States, accounting for more than 6 million cases annually. Approximately two thirds of adults are affected by mechanical low back pain at some point in their lives, making it the second most common complaint in ambulatory medicine and the third most expensive disorder in terms of healthcare dollars spent, surpassed only by cancer and heart disease.

Low back pain is considered chronic after 3 months because most normal connective tissues heal within 6-12 weeks, unless pathoanatomic instability persists. A slower rate of tissue repair in the relatively avascular intervertebral disk may impair the resolution of some persistent painful cases of chronic low back pain. An estimated 15%-20% develop protracted pain, and approximately 2%-8% have chronic pain. Of those individuals who remain disabled for more than 6 months, fewer than half return to work, and after 2 years of low back pain disability, a return to work is even more unlikely.

You can lower your risk of getting back pain; call to find out how: (425) 348-5207.

And, of course, if prevention is not your thing and you find yourself in the middle of an episode, we can help with that too!

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