Hope for sufferers
WITH one in six Australians suffering from chronic back pain, it’s no wonder the problem is considered a national issue.
An estimated 3.7 million people deal with the physical and psychological effects of chronic back pain.
The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia is using Spinal Health Week 2017 from May 22–28 as an opportunity to bring attention to chronic back pain and encourage people to seek help.
“More and more Australians are experiencing debilitating back pain, limiting their ability to engage in an active, healthy life,” CAA national president Dr Andrew Lawrence said.
Chronic back pain is a long-term health condition that lasts for three months or longer, whereas general back pain can usually be resolved within a few weeks.
A person who suffers from chronic back pain can seek professional advice from a chiropractor or other healthcare professionals to alleviate symptoms.
Making lifestyle adjustments can also assist with management.
Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the spine and nervous system without the use of surgery or drugs.
Chiropractors work towards restoring and maintaining normal spinal function, collaborating with other health professionals where needed.
For chronic back problems, chiropractors use a variety of treatments.
These include spinal manipulation or manual therapies.
“While it is not always possible to identify the cause of chronic back pain, a sedentary lifestyle and poor posture are risk factors,” Dr Lawrence said.
Simple measures such as incorporating walking into your daily routine can reduce the severity of chronic back pain symptoms and improve overall well-being.
Improving posture can also help relieve strain on the spine and overall health.
While it is not always possible to identify the cause of chronic back pain, a sedentary lifestyle and poor posture are risk factors. — Dr Andrew Lawrence
The best way to make lifestyle changes is to seek advice, start gradually, be consistent and build capability over time.
Check with your local CAA chiropractor or other healthcare professional before undertaking exercise to make sure it is appropriate for your specific needs.
For more information on chronic back pain, visit www.spinalhealth week.com.au.
ALLEVIATE PAIN: Spinal Health Week will shed light on chronic back pain and other spinal issues.