The human skeleton is unique in the animal kingdom, and its design reflects our bipedal lifestyle. A few million years ago, our ancestors traded in their tree-bound lifestyle for a life of running upright and hunting game. The modern human body still reflects that, and our skeleton features an S-shaped spine, long and hard leg bones, arched feet, and an upright pelvis. This gave our ancestors many advantages, though a lifetime of walking upright does take its toll. Fighting gravity so acutely for decades can wear out the spine and back muscles, and this leads to chronic back pain in the elderly. And it’s not just that; many other problems may cause back pain or spinal distress. The worst cases may call for surgery, but fortunately, a chiropractor or the doctors at pain management clinics can handle matters. In fact, some pain management doctors may refer a patient not only to a chiropractor, but a yoga expert. No surgery needed, no invasive procedures.
Back Pain Today
Chronic pain is extremely common around the world today, and chronic back pain is a typical sort of pain that people today experience. In fact, in the United States, back pain ranks second among the most common reasons people visit their private physician, behind only upper respiratory issues. Many studies are carefully tracking the current state of American public health, and the data shows that at any given time, around 31 million people are dealing with chronic back pain. This factors to about one in three women and one in four men, and experts say that around 80% of the American population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Around 50% of all American workers admit that they get back pain symptoms of some sort every year.
What is causing all this chronic back and spinal pain? Simple old age may cause it, as decades of upright walking may wear down the spine and cause it to collapse, and this will pinch nerves, inflame joints, and strain muscles. Hence, pain. Not only that, but suffering an injury (such as a sports injury) may cause back distress or spinal issues, and some pregnant women may get back pain during their pregnancy. Years of manual labor, such as construction jobs, may also lead to back distress and wear and tear. Finally, some surveyed Americans report in surveys that they blame ongoing stress for their back issues. Fortunately, many cases of back pain are not serious enough to require surgery, and effective non-invasive method can be used instead.
Getting Free of Back Pain
If a person is experiencing back pain or spinal distress, they may visit their private physician and explain their problem. Most likely, their doctor may refer them to a pain clinic and/or a chiropractor or a yoga expert. A chiropractor is a specialized doctor who can use basic adjustment tools and even their bare hands to readjust a patient’s bones and bone muscles. Doing this can relieve pressure on joints, nerves, and muscles, loosening them up and getting rid of the pain. This may also restore the patient’s arcs of motion and flexibility, and many patients report great satisfaction with the results of visiting a chiropractor. Visiting a massage parlor and getting an expert massage may have similar results, especially where the muscles are concerned. Acupuncture is also known to help, and is quite safe.
A yoga expert may give similar results, and a patient may sign up for private yoga sessions. During those sessions, the patient may perform a variety of stretches and poses to naturally loosen up their joints and relieve pressure on their bones, joints, nerves, and muscles.
A hospital patient may undergo physical therapy, or PT, with the help of physical therapists. This may help the patient restore their arcs of motion and strength, and they may get used to walking, standing up, using their arms, and minor athletics as needed. The patient’s progress may be recorded with stretch tests, in which the patient stretches out elastic bands to measure their strength and arc of motion (and pain tolerance). The therapists may also use motion capture cameras and data to study the patient’s flexibility and movements, and determine when they are ready for release.