One question I get regularly asked more than any other as a Chiropractor is, “my low back pain – is it the most common complaint you see at your Practice?” The answer is a resounding ‘YES’ with a lengthy explanation as to why! Low back pain presentations to Creative Chiropractic throughout 2012 constituted 89% of all complaints seen throughout the year. This figure remains reasonable constant year on year indicating that low back pain is a major issue locally. But, is there a real need to be worried if we look at the ‘bigger picture’ of the incidence of low back pain on a more national or even a global scale?
A study was conducted aimed to look at the worldwide impact of diseases (Global Burden of Disease Study 2012). Musculoskeletal conditions (including low back and neck pain) were found to be affecting 1.7 billion people which represent a 45% increase over the last 20 years. This study (published in the Lancet on the 15th December last year) also estimated that the number of people being affected by low back and neck pain alone was almost 1 billion (to view the Press Release of this study, click here, it makes for a very interesting read).
So, should we be worried? Well, I think the answer is ‘yes’ because as the impact of the financial downturn that we are currently experiencing continues, it will have detrimental affects on our physical and emotional health. Although people initially present with low back pain, further questioning finds a significant impact on all aspects of their daily lives which includes anxiety, stress and depression. This naturally fuels a further deterioration in our health.
More than ever, Chiropractors are suitably placed to deal with this global concern and patients keep telling us that they wished they had got themselves sorted out sooner. Chiropractors have the expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of low back and neck pain. At Creative Chiropractic, we offer a package of care as recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and laid down in ‘guideline 88’, The Management of Low Back Pain.
In addition, we also offer a free 30-minute pain assessment in which you have the opportunity to disclose your problem(s) in confidence to one of our Chiropractors who will then explain what your symptoms might mean and how it could potentially be sorted. It is then up to you as to how you wish to pursue things further; either book in as a new patient to be fully assessed and treated or to simply take away the information!
If nothing else, make that New Year resolution and look after your back through a lifestyle change, suitable exercise and having some regularly treatment -try not to become a global low back pain statistic!
Take care of your back and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you!