Low Back Pain
If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. About 80 percent of the population experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days. In a large survey, more than a quarter of adults reported experiencing low back pain during the past 3 months.
Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that leaves the person incapacitated. Pain can begin abruptly as a result of an accident or by lifting something heavy, or it can develop over time due to age-related changes of the spine.
Sedentary lifestyles can set the stage for low back pain, especially when a weekday routine of getting too little exercise is punctuated by a strenuous weekend workout. Most low back pain is acute, or short term, and lasts a few days to a few weeks. It tends to resolve on its own with self-care and there is no residual loss of function.
The majority of acute low back pain is mechanical in nature, meaning that there is a disruption in the way the components of the back (the spine, muscle, intervertebral discs, and nerves) work.
Current research suggests a multi-modal approach that includes manual therapy (Osteopathy) can provide an effective outcome for low back pain.
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