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LOW BACK PAIN (LBP) IS THE NUMBER ONE LEADING CAUSE OF DISABILITY WORLDWIDE.1

In Australia, it is the number one cause of early retirement, leading to income poverty in many cases, reports the University of Sydney.

The lifetime incidence of low back pain is 58-84%,2 and 11% of men and 16% of women have chronic low back pain.3

Dr Phillip Ebrall of RMIT Australia published a study in the Chiropractic Journal of Australia.4  Only one third of the cost of medical care was incurred by those under chiropractic management for back injury. Chiropractic patients were also six times less likely to become chronic.

Low back pain (LBP) is a very common condition that affects the way we walk and sit. It can restrict common movements such as bending and stretching, making life difficult. The cost of LBP is not only on the individual and family, but also on our health care system.

Often people will seek the help of medicines so they can cope with the pain, hoping it will go away.  All medication does is mask the problem.  Adrian Traeger, the lead author a low back pain review at the Sydney University5 said, “these new guidelines suggest avoiding pain medication initially and discouraging other invasive treatments such as injections and surgery. The recent changes to these guidelines are important and represent a substantial change in thinking on how best to mange LBP”. Chiropractic provides a drug free approach to low back pain.

The reason so many of us experience lower back pain despite not having had an accident is that our way of life is affecting us.  We sit for long periods at the computer or in a car, or we sleep on a mattress that is too soft.  We lift heavy loads incorrectly – or make repetitive movements. If we are not looking after our spine these lifestyle problems can cause pain and suffering.

Nice (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) shows that manipulation (chiropractic adjustments) has been recognised as a critical component of national guidelines for the treatment of LBP.

Just like there are likely multiple factors which cause interference with the normal function of your nervous system, addressing multiple factors such as lifestyle factors, core strength and nutrition will give you the best results.

Chronic Low Back Pain (LBP) & Your Brain

Research has shown that LBP changes how your brain ‘sees’ your low back. This affects your brains ability to control and coordinate your low back, creating a continuous cycle, or bad habit, which may be hard to break on its own (smudging) 6.

LBP also changes the function of the small muscles which stabilise your spine. These changes have been shown to persist even when pain is no longer present.

Chiropractic care helps to restore the proper function the lumbar spine so that you can gain normal control and co-ordination of your low back by breaking the cycle that poor spinal movement created.

If you are suffering from back pain or would like a spinal assessment then call us on 9329 1118 to book an appointment.

References

1. GBD 2015 Disease and Injury Incidence and Prevalence Collaborators. Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 310 diseases and injuries, 1990-2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. Lancet 2016;356:1545-602. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31678-6 pmid:27733282

2. Parson S, Ingram M, Clarke-Cornwell AM, Symmons DPM. A Heavy Burden The occurrence and impact of musculoskeletal conditions in the United Kingdom today. Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit, 2011, www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-acman-scw: 123774.

3. Bridges S. Chronic pain. In: Craig R, Mindell J, eds. Health Survey for England 2011 Health, social care and lifestyles. 356. Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2012: 1-33, http://content.digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB09300/HSE2011-Ch9-Chronic-Pain.pdf.

4. Ebrall P. Mechanical Low Back Pain a Comparison of Medical and Chiropractic Management in Victoria Chiropractic Journal of Australia 1992; 22(2):47-53

5. Traeger A. Duchbindr R. HarrisI. Hair C. Diagnosis and management of low back pain in primary car CMAJ November 13 2017 189;E1386-E1395

6. Tsao H. Danneels L. Hodges P ISSLS Prize Winner: Smudging the Motor Brain in Young Adults With Recurrent Low Back Pain SPINE Volume 36, Number 21, pp 1721–1727

 
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