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To Defeat Back Pain, First Understand It
Are you exhausted from going through life with back pain? You’re not alone.
According to the National Institutes of Health, a shocking eight out of ten people will have back pain at some point in their life.
In fact, when you delve into the statistics of back-related pain, each one is more shocking than the next:
Nearly 65 million Americans report a recent episode of back pain.
16 million experience persistent or chronic back pain, and as a result are limited in certain everyday activities.
Back pain is a leading cause of work-loss days as well as work limitations.
Adults with back pain spend almost 200 million days in bed a year.
These millions of people are ordinary Americans with ordinary jobs. Contrary to popular belief, back pain can affect people of all ages, from teenagers to the elderly. It also affects people of all incomes.
As part of Pain Awareness Month, let’s dive in deeper into the types of back pain, its causes, and how you can treat it.
Types of Back Pain
Not all of these people are experiencing the same pain. Back pain can range from dull and mild to relentless and debilitating. It can limit your mobility and keep you from going about your normal routine.
Doctors classify back pain into two kinds: acute and chronic
Acute is short-term back pain that lasts a few days to a few weeks
Chronic back pain is defined as ongoing, continuous pain. Some doctors define chronic pain as pain that lasts for 3 months or longer, others say 6 months.
The Culprits Behind Back Pain
There are countless causes of back pain - that’s part of the reason why it’s such a difficult issue to attack. Some of them, such as congenital conditions, degenerative diseases, and nerve and spinal cord problems, and fibromyalgia, are unfortunately impossible to prevent. Other causes result in back pain in otherwise healthy people.
Whether old or new, traumatic or a sprain, injuries can have lasting consequences, causing more and more pain over time.
Overuse is another common cause for back pain. Both working out too much or lifting weights that are too heavy can hurt your back. Even wearing a poorly fitting backpack causes your back to have to work too hard.
Sleeping in an uncomfortable position, or one that may seem comfortable but is not ergonomic, can leave you sore day after day.
Prolonged sitting in unsupportive chairs has even been likened to smoking cigarettes for how unhealthy it is.
Treating Back Pain
Over the years, treatments for back pain have changed and expanded:
Increasingly, doctors and patients are turning to surgical treatments for back pain.
These are all treatments of the symptoms of back pain; they don’t get at the root cause of the problem.
At ALL33, It’s the last culprit, sitting, that we’ve devoted our lives to, because it’s the most common and the one that’s most overlooked.
Most people don’t give a second thought to how long they spend hunched over their desks, and can’t figure out why their backs hurt day after day.
Our founder Dr. Dennis Colonello has spent his life healing people of their back pain as a chiropractor. Over time, he realized that his clients were leaving his office feeling better, only to return a mere week later with the same issues. What did they have in common? Most of them sat for all day for work.
Dr. Dennis created the BackStrong C1 so that his clients wouldn’t ruin the progress he had helped them make, and to make relief available for everyone who suffers from sitting-induced back pain.
Sitting in a chair designed to support your back and keep you moving while you sit, is an easy step you can take immediately that will have massive repercussions for your quality of life. It can prevent back pain for people without underlying conditions, and it can help those who struggle with more serious back problems find comfort in their every day.
Learn more about how the BackStrong C1 can help reduce and eliminate back pain.