If you suffer from back pain, you are not alone.
It is common – too common – and that is why some people, and even some health professionals, accept it as normal.
Just because something is common, does not mean it is normal.
It is the number one global disability: and the most common reason people miss work.
IT DOES NOT NEED TO BE THIS WAY:
In the early 1970’s, at the age of 48, my father had chronic, debilitating back problems.
The prognosis from his GP was that ‘nothing could be done’, he should sell his farm and prepare to be in a wheelchair within two years!
Thankfully, dad didn’t accept this. He took the advice of a stranger who told him to see a Chiropractor.
Without knowing what they did, his desperation (or maybe his innate intelligence / intuition) took him inside and the rest is history.
The Doctor of Chiropractic got him back to work – and he continued to work his farm outside Wagga Wagga until he was 82 years of age!
5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BACK PAIN
1. Most Back Pain is “Mechanical”
Back pain usually originates from spinal bones, joints, or soft tissues, The NHS often describes it as “nonspecific”.
This type of back pain:
■ Often feels worse on certain movements
■ Changes depending on your position
■ Can either develop suddenly or gradually with no obvious trigger
■ Can result from poor posture or lifting something awkwardly
■ Minor injuries include pulled muscles (strain) or ligament (sprain)
■ Is often associated with feeling stressed or run down
■ If not improved in 4 – 6 weeks, it becomes chronic.
2. There Might be Something Seriously Wrong
That is why we are so thorough in our assessments!
It could be due to:
■ Broken bones or spondylolisthesis (spinal bones slipping out of position)
■ Disc injuries, sciatica, and cauda equina syndrome (severe nerve compressions)
■ Inflammatory arthritis – including ankylosing spondylitis
■ Some tumours, such as colon and ovarian cancer and multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer) and metastatic disease
3. Lower Back Pain Can Shrink Your Brain
People with chronic pain will tell you that they can’t think straight.
There is a reason for that:
The brains of people with chronic back pain are as much as 11 % smaller than those without back ache.
Their grey matter actually shrinks!
This is reversible through Chiropractic Care.
4. Could Increase Your Chances of Dying Early
Those with chronic back pain have a 13% higher risk of dying from any cause, compared to those without pain.
Chronic pain sufferers:
■ Get less exercise
■ Have poorer diets and sleep patterns
■ Struggle higher stress levels
■ Report lower self-esteem
■ Offer end up with anxiety and depression.
Factors like these combine and increase mortality risk.
5. Most Painkillers “Do More Harm Than Good”
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recently advised GPs not to prescribe drugs including opioids, benzodiazepines, paracetamol, or ibuprofen to chronic pain sufferers, because they can do more harm than good.
The report goes on to say that there is “little or no evidence” that paracetamol was effective.
Also, anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen “made no difference to people’s quality of life, pain or psychological distress”.
… Knowing this, it frustrates Doctors of Chiropractic to have such a widespread, debilitating and life-limiting condition being trivialised as “simple” or “non-specific” back pain.
It is worse still, when we hear that people being disabled with pain is “normal for age” or “self-limiting”.
Or my personal least favourite, “I’ve been told nothing can be done and I just have to live with it”.
At New Milton Chiropractic, we start from the premise that pain is a sign that something is wrong and it is time to act.
Painkillers are designed to mask the symptoms. Our aim is to restore function and quality of life. Our testing is very thorough, including on-site digital x-rays.
We explain the findings to you and offer Evidence-Based, Patient-Centred, Salutogenic CARE.
Ready to act?
Please call us on 01425 620222.
We are waiting to help you and your whole family.
Dr Damien T. O’Dwyer (BSc, PGDipSc, MChiro, PhD) is a Researcher, Published Scientist, Doctor of Chiropractic and Wellness Expert.
He leads the team in Whitefield Road, to coach people in our community to better health through natural, safe and effective chiropractic care.
13 Whitefield Road
New Milton BH25 6DE
Call 01425 620222 for your initial consultation