Every year an estimated 3.8 million people in the United states sustain mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) or concussions. Many of these injuries are due to sports related activities, work related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and military operations. It is also estimated that as many as 50 percent of MTBIs are never reported because the patient does not seek medical attention. This makes it difficult to get a solid number on how many there actually are, but it is a prevalent condition.
The lumbar spine, or lower back, take a lot of stress and strain throughout the day. The spine provides stabilization for the entire body and the lumbar spine bears the brunt of much of the movement and activity. This wear and tear shows up as lower back pain in many people. The American Chiropractic Association estimates that 31 million Americans have low back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, the leading cause of disability is low back pain – not only in the U.S. but worldwide.
Back pain can be debilitating. A patient can find they have trouble moving or engaging in regular activities like lifting their children or even walking. Pain in the mid to upper back can be caused by a variety of issues, and it can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. Many people see chiropractors to get relief from their back pain, but there are some things that chiropractic patients should know so that they can get the most out of their treatments.