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Low back pain is a common concern that affects millions each year; while low back pain may be common it is certainly not normal. It is estimated that nearly $45 BILLION per year are lost due to low back pain. Although this number is almost unfathomable, it is estimated that a worker’s compensation case will cost the company between $40,000-$80,000! Additionally, the injured individual dealing with the pain and suffering may go through many barriers on the road to recovery. Fortunately, there are solutions!

While low back pain could be due to a variety of reasons, the primary pain producers are the disc, spinal muscles, nerve roots, and facet joints (the joints that are located on the back of the spinal column, which allow for protection of the spinal cord and allow the spine to flex and extend). While the pain is stimulated by many factors, the major reason for pain is often misalignment in the spine causing pressure on these tissues.

An interesting MRI study in 2013 demonstrated joint space increases following chiropractic adjustments to the low back! This helped to alleviate the pain of those in the study and allow them to perform daily activities with more ease. Chiropractic care is effective for those with low back pain. The next time a friend is suffering from low back pain, do her a favor and tell her about chiropractic care!

Katz, Jeffrey N. “Lumbar Disc Disorders and Low Back Pain: Socioeconomic Factors and Consequences.” The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc. Cramer GD, et al. Magnetic resonance imaging zygapophyseal joint space changes (gapping) in low back pain patients following spinal manipulation and side-posture positioning: a randomized controlled mechanisms trial with blinding. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013.