Back pain can significantly diminish an individual’s quality of life. At Valley Chiropractic & Sports Medicine in West Simsbury, CT, Dr. Brett Inlow, D.C., provides non-invasive, drug-free relief for patients suffering from back pain in the areas of Simsbury, West Simsbury, Canton and Avon.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons patients seek chiropractic treatment. This condition, which usually occurs in the lower, or lumbar, region of the back, affects between 60% and 80% of the adult population in this country, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). Frequently, pain subsides on its own within a few days. But it can also become chronic, with symptoms that range from annoying to excruciating. Back pain can be caused abruptly, such as during an accident or while lifting something heavy. It can also develop over time as the result of aging (adults over age 40 are at greater risk), or through repetitive stress, sustained on the job or by participating in certain sports, such as weight-lifting or gymnastics. Occasionally, back pain is caused by a separate underlying illness, such as arthritis or scoliosis.
The first step, as always, is for Dr. Inlow to determine the cause of the pain. Once that’s established, he will create a specialized plan, using one or more modalities. These can include:
A number of preventative steps can minimize your chance of sustaining back pain. Here are some of the most important: