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Chiropractic care is a way to diagnose and treat health problems that affect the nerves, bones, muscles, and joints of the body. A health care professional who provides chiropractic care is called a chiropractor.
Back pain is a common reason for absence from work and doctor visits. Although back pain may be painful and uncomfortable, it is not usually serious.
Back pain is a very common complaint. According to the Spinewise Clinic, approximately 75% of all Canadians will have low back pain at least once in their lives.
Types of back pain
1. Acute pain
2. Chronic pain
3. Neuropathic pain
Signs of a serious problem
You should seek urgent medical help if you have back pain and:
1. A high temperature
2. A loss of bladder or bowel control
3. Unexplained weight loss
4. An inability to pass urine
numbness around your genitals, buttocks or back passage
5. A swelling or a deformity in your back
6. It’s constant and doesn’t ease after lying down
pain in your chest
7. It’s worse at night
8. It started after an accident, such as after a car accident
You are at greater risk for low back pain if you:
1. Are overweight
2. Are pregnant
3. Are over age 30
4. Do not exercise
5. Feel stressed or depressed
Chiropractic is a health care profession dedicated to the non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic treatment, alone or in conjunction with other therapies, has been shown to effectively relieve back pain and help restore normal range of motion. As with any treatment, results vary from person to person.