Low-back pain is extremely common among men and women alike, affecting approximately 31 million Americans at any given time, according to the American Chiropractic Association. While an experienced chiropractor can help treat your symptoms, it is important to educate yourself on the leading causes of low-back pain and how to avoid pain-causing habits.
Prolonged Sitting or Standing
Individuals who sit or stand for long periods of time are at an increased risk for low-back pain—especially those who do not practice proper posture. Improper posture puts increased pressure on the joints, ligaments, and bones within your spine. In addition to increasing stress on the essential structures within your back, poor posture while sitting or standing can lead to an abnormal curvature of your spine and ultimately increase the risk of back pain.
Poor Lifting Habits
A number of individuals suffer from low-back pain caused by improper lifting techniques. Individuals who attempt to lift, carry, or pull items that are too heavy often lift with their backs rather than their legs. This not only increases the risk of sprains and strains but can also allow the vertebral bones or intervertebral discs within the spine to shift out of place, leading to even further health complications.
There are a number of underlying spinal conditions that can cause low-back pain. These include but are not limited to herniated or bulging discs, osteoarthritis of the spine, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, compression fractures, or infection.
Trauma or Injury
In some cases, low-back pain may be the result of direct trauma to the spine and is usually caused by slip and fall accidents or motor vehicle injuries.
If you’re interested in general chiropractic care, adjustments and manipulations, or massage therapy, Peterson Chiropractic is here to help. Get rid of your chronic back or neck pain by contacting our New York City office at (212) 242-3210. We also provide services for Manhattan and East Side residents.