Globally, back pain is among the top causes of disability. From reports by the World Health Organization (WHO), more people suffer from back pain compared to major diseases such as malaria and diabetes, and yet there is still no substantial progress towards widespread prevention. Medical News Today highlighted a recent study that identified triggers, both psychosocial and physical, of acute lower back pain, as follows:

  • Performing manual tasks that involve awkward posture raises the risk of a back pain episode by eight times.
  • Fatigue and distraction also cause significant risk increase.
  • Episodes may follow moderate to high physical activity.
  • Age is also a factor.
  • Morning (between 7 AM to 12 noon) is the time of the day that presents the highest risk of a back pain episode. the U.S., lower back pain comprises around 3% of all emergency visits. This may seem like a small percentage, but the number of individuals is significant enough to deem back pain as prevalent.

As lower back pain has a high potential of leading to disability, prevention is indeed the best thing to aim for. But if it already occurred and episodes of back pain are getting more frequent, it’s time to go to a Brick, NJ chiropractor.

On the other hand, if the pain one feels originates from the lower back and spreads towards one side of the buttocks or down to the leg, this can mean sciatica. On rare cases, the pain can be felt on both legs. Sciatica is not a condition, but rather a warning sign that indicates the possible onset of a serious medical condition such as a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or even degenerative disc disease.

When you go to a trusted chiropractor in Brick, NJ—like the specialists working with Back and Neck Center of Brick, LLC—such a professional can pinpoint the origin and exact location of your pain. Be sure to describe thoroughly the nature of the pain that you’re experiencing, as different sensations indicate different causes; for instance, in contrast to lower back pain, sciatica can present itself as a burning, numbing, or tingling sensation.

(Source: Researchers identify modifiable triggers of acute low back pain, Medical News Today, Feb. 9, 2015)