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Q: Why is my low back hurting?

Posted February 05, 2014 in Advice Column, Urbandale

A: Chances are you’ve experienced low back pain some time in your life.  At any given time there are an estimated 31 million Americans experiencing back pain, and 80 percent of Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. While some are lucky to have their back pain resolve on its own in a couple of weeks, many deal with aching low backs constantly or on a cycle over time. They struggle to get comfortable, can’t sit for very long periods of time without discomfort, have trouble sleeping and the pain becomes a nuisance in everyday activities.

There are as many causes of low back pain as there are corn fields in Iowa, and many of them are structural in their nature. In cases where the source of the pain is muscular or skeletal it is recommended patients seek the least invasive procedures first (including chiropractic care) before seeking more aggressive procedures like surgery. There are instances where an internal problem (i.e. liver, kidneys, etc.) could be referring pain to the low back.

Some of the more common causes of low back pain are degenerative arthritis, muscle strain and poor posture. Staying active is one of the best things you can do for your health and your back.

Note that if your back pain is accompanied by any sudden loss of bladder or intestinal control it’s important to seek immediate medical attention.

Information provided by Dr. Greg Pray, DC, owner, Mid Iowa Chiropractic, 8088 Douglas Ave., Urbandale, 515-334-1143.

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