The back is a complex structure that is made up of a combination of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. When you are involved in an injury like an auto accident you can strain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture discs, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. Sometimes the simplest of movements can cause back pain such as picking up a coin from the floor. The bending and stretching can cause the affected joint to react negatively.
Chronic back pain is one of the most common causes of physician visits and the leading cause of disability. It is the reason most people miss work, which is costing you money, and is estimated that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their life. Back pain can affect anyone including the youth and elderly. Back pain can commonly be linked to being involved in an auto accident, injury, or muscle strain, with more serious cases including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease.
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Back pain can range from a minor annoyance to pain that is so bad that it keeps you from living a functioning life. In these cases, people may even lose the ability to move or walk. The pain level may not always indicate a severe level of physical damage. A simple strain can cause extreme pain that makes it hard to walk, sit or stand, where are a minor herniation can result in little to no pain or tingling.
Regardless of the cause, many of these conditions are degenerative and will progress if the condition goes untreated. Our clinic offers extensive care and treatment plans for all types of conditions. If you are experiencing any back or neck pain, give us a call!
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