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How many Billions of Dollars did Americans spend treating lower back pain?

The lower back is the region that connects the upper body to the lower body. Since it supports the majority of the body’s weight, lower back pain is a lot more common than you might think. It is not that difficult to hurt yourself by lifting a heavy object or reaching for something. In fact, the majority of people will experience some form of lower back pain at some point in their lives. Americans spend almost $50 billion each year to treat lower back pain, which is the most common cause of missed work days and job related injury or stress.

$50 Billion Annually spent to treat lower back pain

$50 Billion Annually spent to treat lower back pain

 

There are many causes of lower back pain, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Overuse, strain, or injury
  • Aging
  • Herniated disc
  • Arthritis
  • Compression fractures
  • Illness
  • Spinal problems you were born with

Acute back pain tends to fade within a few weeks. However, if left untreated, lower back pain can become chronic, especially if you are under a lot of stress or undergoing depression.

 

 

Depending on the cause of pain, symptoms can vary from:

  • Dull pain
  • Sharp pain
  • Pain occurs over a small area
  • Pain occurs over a wide area
  •  Muscle spasms
  •  Leg symptoms (pain, numbness, tingling)

Walking and rest are perhaps the simplest treatments for lower back pain. However, if your pain persists for a few weeks, further treatment (such as massage, spinal manipulation, and muscle strengthening exercises), may be needed.

Chiropractic treatment is a very effective way to treat lower back pain. Chiropractors will use hands-on spinal manipulation, aligning the body’s musculoskeletal structure so the body can heal itself. Applying heat or cold may also be used to alleviate any pain felt as a result of the lower back pain.

Tennis stars slip and fall at Wimbledon

Tennis stars slip and fall at Wimbledon

People who have had lower back pain are very likely to have it again. In order to avoid further pain you can practice the following things

  • Practice good posture
  • Stretching and low impact exercise, such as walking, swimming, or riding a stationary bike
  • Wearing low heeled shoes
  • Sleeping on your side
  • If you sit for long periods at work, make sure your chair has good back support and take regular breaks to walk around
  • If you lift heavy things for work, talk to your human resources department to see there are other ways to do your work.
  • Do not depend on a lifting belt to protect your back.

If you are still suffering from lower back pain, make an appointment with us, Injury Clinic of Dallas, at 972-644-5555. One of our staff members will help you set up a time to come in for your free consultation and direct you to our office in Richardson, Texas and visit with our Chiropractor.

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Sciatica

A few weeks back we ran a herniated/slipped disk article detailing it’s causes, symptoms and potential treatments. If you’ve missed that article, you can find it here.Today we’re going to discuss sciatica, a condition often associated with and caused by a herniated or slipped disk in the vertebrae.

Sciatica is a condition of the sciatic nerve in which the nerve is either damaged, irritated or compressed. As the sciatic nerve is the single longest and widest nerve in the human body, running from the lower back all the way down to the back of the foot, there is a fairly large area where the nerve may become irritated.

Sciatic Nerve, Close Up

Sciatic Nerve

The image above is a diagram of the sciatic nerve, courtesy of Wikipedia.org

Symptoms of Sciatica include but are not limited to

  • Pain in the legs that is at it’s worst when sitting down
  • Burning/Tingling of the legs particularly at the back of the leg
  • Loss/limited range of motion of one or both legs/feet
  • A shooting pain through the leg/rear, especially when standing up

If you experience one or many of these or similar symptoms, it is important to seek treatment. Sciatica, first and foremost, is a symptom or a group of symptoms of an underlying condition, not a standalone ailment. Because of this, it must be identified and diagnosed as early as possible in order to keep the underlying condition from worsening.

Please come by the Injury Clinic of Dallas office or  call us today for your FREE consultation!

 

Do I have Tendinitis?

Last week we talked about bursitis, a condition directly linked to the inflammation of the bursa, one that is both restrictive and painful. To keep with the inflammation discussion, this week we’re going to take a look at another similar condition that also occurs due to inflammation; tendinitis.

Tendinitis is the swelling, inflammation and irritation of the tendon. The tendon is a fibrous structure that connects the muscle to the bone, as can be seen in the following image:

A view of the Achilles Tendon, courtesy of wikipedia.org

Tendinitis may be caused by overuse of the tendon, usually due to repetitive motion (jumper’s or runner’s knee). It can also occur as a result of injury or aging (tendons loose elasticity with time as they are used).

Tendinitis is generally diagnosed by the area it affects (typically knee, elbow, shoulder, wrist) and may feature specific symptoms for the area in question. However, universal signs of the condition may be listed as follows

  • Pain/Tenderness along a tendon
  • Pain that worsens with activity
  • Pain next to a joint (may also be bursitis)

Untreated, tendinitis may become chronic or lead to further injury of the affected area. Thus, it is important to diagnose and treat tendinitis as soon as it occurs. Failure to do so may lead to loss of range of motion, stiffness, weakness and recurring pain. In some cases, loss of function may also occur.

If you believe that you may be experiencing a form of tendinitis, call or come by the Injury Clinic of Dallas office in Richardson.

 

 

Sprains And Strains: Just a Sports Injury?

How many of us have pulled a muscle while playing sports? Sprained an ankle or wrist? I would reckon that a lot of us have.

In fact, sprains and strains are some of the most common and prevalent injuries in any activity which may involve a sudden change of momentum. Running, powerlifting, football, basketball, helping a friend move or being involved in a car accident are just a few that come to mind. The reality is that there are simply too many activities to list.

 

Now, before we continue this discussion any further, let’s establish a clear definition for sprain and strain in order to avoid confusion.

  • A sprain is an injury of the ligament in which the ligament is over-stretched due to wrenching or twisting of the joint, often due to a sudden change of momentum.
  • A strain is an injury of the muscle in which the muscle is torn as a result of over-stretching, often due to a sudden change of momentum. Strains are often referred to as “pulled muscles”.

The sudden change of momentum is important to both of the definitions because without it, strains and sprains are unlikely to occur. It’s hard to overstretch a muscle or a ligament otherwise.

Now that we have established the definitions for sprains/strains let’s talk prevention.

  1. Properly stretch prior to exercise. Stretching is a great way to increase flexibility thus reducing the risk of acquiring a sprain/strain (It’s important to note that improper stretching can easily lead to injury).
  2. Fatigued muscles increase the risk of muscle strain as a study conducted by the Duke University Medical Center indicates. [View Study Here] Hence, if your muscles are well-rested prior, there’s less chance of acquiring a strain.
  3. Improve overall stability and muscle strength of the core muscles used by your activity/work/sport. This will drastically reduce the risk of injury.
  4. Be careful and don’t overdo it. This is much more prevalent for sports injuries than anything else but it can be as easily applied to daily life or work as well. Overdoing “it” can and most likely will lead to injury. One must know their limits and not to overextend. More isn’t always better.

While prevention in itself is great, it is of little help if injury has occurred. And some injuries can’t be prevented, no matter how many precautions we take. Hence, it’s important to know what to do if the injury has indeed occurred.

In the case of a sprain or a strain, the first thing one should do is known as P.R.I.C.E.

Protect the injury. Once the injury has occurred, it’s important to prevent any further injury from occurring. That means to stop the activity that led to the injury, take the weight off and use padding around the area if needed.

Rest the injured body part, especially in the first 48 hours since the injury has occurred.

Ice the injured body part, 20 minutes at a time every 3-4 hours for the first 24-48 hours. Do not however ice the injury for longer than 20 minutes.

Compress the injury. Apply a bandage or a wrap to the area without cutting off the circulation, while maintaining a snug fit.

Elevate the sprain as best as possible. This helps control swelling, along with the ice. Best works if the sprain is elevated higher than the heart.

Most sprains/strains are not severe and will be fine in just a few days after resting. However, if any of the following symptoms occur or do not subside after a few days of rest or you are not sure of the severity of the injury, professional treatment should be sought:

-Severe Pain

-Loss of function (i.e. limb can’t be used)

-Persistent/prolonged pain

-Area of the injury is noticeably tender

-Persistent Stiffness

-Parts of the injured area is numb

-The area has been injured before

-The swelling doesn’t subside within the first couple days

Failure to seek treatment may lead to further injury or development of an unwanted related condition such as arthritis, joint instability or reoccurring sprains/strains.

Thus, if you believe you have sustained a sprain or a strain come by the Injury Clinic of Dallas Office in Richardson today and let our professional staff treat your injury to assure a fast and proper recovery. We’d be happy to help.

 

 

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