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Low Back Pain

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Whether the result of hauling heavy objects, sleeping in an awkward position, or hunching over digital devices, low back pain is a widespread condition affecting millions of Canadians. Unsurprisingly, many people who experience this discomfort seek chiropractic care or medical treatment for relief.

How Prevalent Is Low Back Pain?

Characterized by discomfort or pain in the lower back region, this ailment often extends to the buttocks and legs. According to the Canadian Community Health Survey, approximately 16% of Canadians report experiencing chronic low back pain, with a higher incidence among older adults. According to some estimates, about four out of five people will experience back discomfort at some point in their lives.

Impacting Quality of Life & Canada’s Economy

Low back pain can profoundly impact an individual’s quality of life, affecting their ability to perform daily activities, work, and participate in their favorite recreational activities. This type of discomfort can lead to disability, reduced productivity, and increased healthcare utilization.

The economic burden of low back pain in Canada is significant. A study published in the Journal of Pain Research revealed that the annual cost associated with low back pain exceeds $10 billion. That includes direct healthcare costs and indirect costs such as loss of productivity.

What Are the Causes and Risk Factors?

Low back pain isn’t always due to just one thing. There are many factors that can contribute to this common discomfort. These include poor posture, muscle strain or sprain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, arthritis, or degenerative disc disease. Several risk factors for developing low back pain include the following: age, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, smoking, and physically taxing occupations.

What to Expect: Diagnosis & Approaches to Care

When evaluating a patient, one of our chiropractors will conduct a thorough physical examination, reviewing medical history and assessing symptoms. If needed, certain imaging tests may be ordered. These could include X-rays or MRIs.

Managing low back discomfort involves a multipronged approach, considering both natural and pharmacological interventions. Natural approaches include:

These approaches have many benefits, including improving flexibility, strengthening core muscles, and addressing the underlying causes of the pain.

Although we always recommend natural methods first, medication may be considered in cases where conservative measures can’t sufficiently address the discomfort.
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The Power of Prevention

It’s been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We agree! Here are some ways to potentially prevent back pain:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Practice good posture, which can help prevent the onset of low back discomfort
Knowledge is also power, so we believe raising public awareness about the importance of proper ergonomics at home and in the workplace is crucial. Employers also play a role as they can significantly reduce the risk of low back pain by implementing ergonomic policies and providing education and resources to their employees.

Book an Appointment

Take that first step toward banishing your discomfort. Contact KIROMEDICA Health Centre today to schedule an appointment at our North York or Scarborough location.
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