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Data published by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) shows that low back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability. And when referring to back pain, there are two main classifications:

  • Acute: Pain that lasts from a few days to a few weeks.
  • Chronic: Pain that lasts longer than three months.

Although anyone can develop back pain, regardless of age, there are some factors that might put you at greater risk of developing back pain:

When you have pain in your lower back, the last thing you may feel like doing is exercising. What you should understand that moving is actually good for your back. If you know the right exercises to do, they can strengthen the back, stomach, and leg muscles that help support your spine, which will help to relieve your back pain. When visiting your chiropractor for low back pain treatments, be sure to ask if exercising would be beneficial.

So what is the best exercise for lower back pain, you ask? Here is a list that may be recommended for you:

In simple terms, “spine decompression therapy” is described as the relief of pressure on one or more pinched nerves in the spinal column. There are two ways to achieve spinal decompression—surgically and non-surgically. Spine decompression therapy is used to treat conditions that result in chronic back pain such as disc bulge, disc herniation, sciatica, and spinal stenosis. If you are suffering from any of these conditions, you may be a candidate for the DRS Protocol™, the spine decompression therapy that is the leading alternative to invasive surgery.

If your medical physician has recommended surgical spinal decompression, two procedures are commonly used:

One common issue that affects many people as they get older is degenerative disc disease. What is this, you ask? Degenerative disc disease is the term used to describe the normal aging changes in your spinal discs. Spinal discs (soft, compressible discs) make up the spine, separating the vertebrae and acting as shock absorbers. These soft discs allow the spine to flex, bend, and twist. As a person ages, these discs start to wear and break down, and can result in several possible conditions, such as loss of fluid in the discs, tiny tears or cracks in the outer layer of the disc, or a herniated disc (from an injury). Some physicians are quick to recommend back surgery for these conditions.  Thus, it is good for patients to find out more about what are the different types of back surgery.

First of all, are there symptoms that indicate degenerative disc disease? A person may experience severe pain, depending on the location of the affected disc. If the affected disc is in the neck area, it may result in neck or arm pain. An affected disc in the lower back may result in pain in the back, buttock, or leg, or in some cases, numbness or tingling in a leg or arm. The pain may start suddenly after a major injury (such as a car accident), a minor injury (such as a short fall), or from normal activities (such as bending over to tie your shoe). Or, the pain may start gradually for an unknown reason and get worse over time.

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