The mild forms of the back pain can be a minor inconvenience. But often the pain becomes so severe that it impacts a person’s daily life. When this happens, sometimes extraordinary efforts need to be taken in order to eliminate or at least reduce the level of pain.
According the Global Burden of Disease 2010 report, back pain can become so debilitating that it’s been categorized as the leading cause of disability all over the world. More than half of all working Americans report to having back pain symptoms each year according the American Chiropractic Association. It’s one of the most common reasons for missed work and is only outnumbered by upper respiratory infections in reasons for a visit to the doctor.
The causes of back pain can vary. Some are caused by serious conditions like cancer, a fracture, infection or inflammatory arthritis. But the majority of back pain is considered Back Pain Treatmentnon-organic or mechanical. Some back pain in short term or acute. Other back pain is long term or chronic. Orthopedics Today estimates that as many as 80 percent of the American populations will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
With numbers like this, it’s not surprising that so many people in the Los Angeles area are looking for some sort of back pain treatment. Some people have pain so severe that they reach a near desperation point where they are willing to do and try almost anything in order to get rid of the pain. Costs for back pain treatment have been estimated in the costs of around a minimum of $50 billion every year. This dollar amount increases every year as more people injure their backs, often on the job.
Putting aside serious health conditions, there are certain jobs that can cause or aggravate back pain. These jobs include, but are not limited to, the following: computer-based jobs that require a lot of sitting and hunching over a screen, professional moving, construction and factory work, office work, police work, firefighting and similar service jobs, shipping professions, jobs that require a lot of driving, and teaching and nursing.
In the Los Angeles area, this involves a great portion of the population. Nearly nine percent of the population works in the healthcare industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly 18 percent work in office and administrative support; and just over seven percent work in transportation and moving. In these industries alone there are plenty of people who could potentially injure their backs or have already suffered some sort of back injury or health related back pain.
Often it’s necessary to get professional back pain treatment, but there are a few things that a person can do to reduce the chance of back pain or manage mild to moderate back pain. Many of these changes deal with changes to a lifestyle and can begin with something as simple as what you choose to sleep on. A mattress can mean the difference between a healthy back and a sore one. It’s important to invest the money in the best mattress you can afford. You want to make sure you choose one with proper lower back (lumbar) support. When you’re sleeping, keep in mind the way your neck aligns with your body. Strategically placed pillows can be used to provide the right amount neck support. Good neck support can reduce the strain on your back, especially your lower back.
Exercise is important for a healthy body and a healthy back. But not all exercises are created equal. Unless you’re an athlete or already in very good shape, stay away from high-impact activities like jumping rope or jogging. These are the worse types of exercises to do if you feel even mild pain in your back. Opt for lower impact types of exercises like exercise bikes (they provide great cardio), step aerobics and yoga.
Often physicians in specialty pain treatment clinics will provide a holistic approach to back pain that includes working with complimentary health care professionals to provide the best treatment possible. The best treatment possible may include a carefully selected and customized exercise regime. Such an exercise regime might include basic exercise moves combined with the use of hot-cold therapy, steroid injections and analgesics.
Since so many back injury or back pain problems happen or are reported on the job, there are a variety of things you can do to make your job less stressful on your back. The same holds true if you are one of the millions of Americans who experience degenerative spine conditions. Degenerative spine conditions include facet disease, spinal stenosis, arthritis of the spine or a slipped disk.
Those who sit for long periods of time in an office should choose a chair with good ergonomics. There are manuals on how to choose the best chair, but the important thing to keep in mind is to choose a chair that provides good pelvic support and good lumbar (lower back) support. Those who stand all day are recommended to maintain proper posture. Try to keep the weight on each leg even. Don’t slouch and keep you core firm so you give as much support as possible to the lower back. If lifting heavy items, a back brace is recommended and using safe lifting practices is crucial. Whatever your profession, try to take frequent breaks from your job so you can walk and stretch.