If you suffer from back pain, you’re in good company, as more than 85% of Americans have experienced it at one time or another. In fact, it is the second leading cause of doctor visits, second only to the common cold. But, that’s of no comfort, particularly if your back pain is severe, recurring, lasts more than a couple of weeks and/or impacts your ability to function.
Back pain is something you should not, and often can not, ignore. IMAC Regeneration Centers specialize in physical therapy for back pain to help restore your mobility, reduce discomfort, and improve fitness, in order to prevent possible future back problems.
What Causes Back Pain?
Having a basic understanding of the anatomy of your back is crucial to your journey towards being pain-free. The lumbar spine consists of five vertebrae, and between them are intervertebral discs which function as shock absorbers to protect the spinal cord and nerves. Multiple ligaments and muscles attach to the spine which provide stability and mobility.
Back pain can be caused by trauma, however, and is commonly a result of poor posture, frequent bending, or lifting heavy items, which strains the ligaments and muscles around the spine. Once strained, simple activities such as walking, going up the stairs, or even getting in and out of bed can cause extreme back pain.