According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), 31 million Americans will experience low-back discomfort at any given time. This statistic alone is a major reason why preventative chiropractic care should be included in your general wellness plan, especially if you’ve resolved to focus on your health and wellbeing in 2016.
Back Pain Statistics
There are other reasons why chiropractic treatment is important. According to sources cited by the ACA, low-back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, with one-half of all working Americans admitting they experience back pain symptoms each year. Back pain is also the most common reason for missed work, and the second most common reason for doctor’s office visits. Americans spend approximately $50 billion on back pain each year, and experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back issue at some point in our lives.
Many patients will receive chiropractic treatment after an injury. While sports injuries or accidents can lead to back pain, often the most seemingly innocuous tasks, such as picking up something from the floor, can result in a back injury and subsequent pain. In addition, diseases, disorders and conditions including arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can also cause back pain.
Patients experiencing back or neck pain seek chiropractic treatment for a number of reasons. First, chiropractors practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Secondly, chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and can also recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Preventative Chiropractic Care in Providence, RI
For those who are not injured, chiropractors still play an integral role in a comprehensive wellness plan. They educate patients on disease prevention, health promotion, and wellness services. They also serve as conduits to other health care practitioners, services and resources. Indeed, although many patients seek chiropractic treatment after an injury or a chiropractor to treat back injury, chiropractors are ideally suited to act as health educators. By serving as health and wellness advocates, reputable, experienced and educated chiropractors are known as much for their comprehensive approach to wellness through prevention, as they are for their expertise in back and spinal care. Chiropractic care is also often used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment. Moreover, chiropractors also work with companies and employers to ensure their employees’ work stations are ergonomically correct.
While many of us are resolving to hit the gym, and make regular exercising a priority in 2016, taking care of our spine is frankly one of the most important preventative measures we can take to ensure a healthy New Year. Simply put, the spine plays a role in everything we do. We need to keep it healthy and strong.
Including preventative chiropractic care as part of your health and wellness strategy in 2016 can help address any existing back pain or dysfunction issues, while also preventing new issues from arising. For example, preventative chiropractic care has proven invaluable for treating problems such as migraines, inability to sleep, mobility issues, digestion disorders, and more.
Because chiropractic care focuses on treating myriad disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, regular chiropractic care can help prevent further negative effects –such as back pain—this year. Written By – Amy Westrick
If you’re interested in learning more about incorporating preventative chiropractic care as part of your overall health and wellness plan, contact Eastside Chiropractic Center. We can be reached at 401-453-222. Eastside Chiropractic Center offers chiropractic evaluations, adjustments, range of motion testing, injury rehabilitation, massage therapy, low-level laser therapy, and numerous additional wellness services. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.eastsidechirocenter.com.