31 MILLION AMERICANS EXPERIENCE LOW BACK PAIN AT ANY GIVEN TIME
By: Dr. Donna A. Pontoriero, Chiropractor
A few interesting facts about back pain: Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor's office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. One half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives. Most cases of back pain are mechanical and non-organic--meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain--and that's just for the more easily identified costs.
What Causes Back Pain?
The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles.You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements--for example, picking up a pencil from the floor--can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back Pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.
Chiropractors focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal sysytem, most often treating complaints such as back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches. Widely known for their expertise in spinal manipulation, chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, and to provide dietary amd lifestyle counseling.
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Dr. Donna Pontoriero can be reached at 299 Franklin Ave, Nutley NJ 07110, 973-235-9393.