So, you put your back into it… and that put your back out!

You’re not alone. 8 out of 10 Canadians suffer low back pain at some time in their lives. In fact, back pain is the second major cause of time loss at work. Can you guess the first? Some 6.5 million workdays are lost each year due to back injury, at a cost of around one billion dollars. Injury, poor posture, heavy lifting and stress are common causes of back pain. You may be experiencing stiffness in your lower back, cramping in your leg to tingling in your toes. If your symptoms are confusing, it’s important to find out what kind of back pain you have. Some major ones are:


Your chiropractor is the best healthcare professional to treat any condition related to the nervous system or the musculoskeletal system. As long as the condition is not genetic or infectious, a chiropractor can intervene, since the problem is frequently a non-invasive pathology that can be reversed quite naturally and treated without medication or surgery


Up to 50% of lower back disorders are this type. Pairs of facet (spinal) joints, that glide one on top of the other, are located down the spine. These joints help give the spine its supple movement. When these joints are exposed to repeated trauma – from sports and other other injuries including work, heredity and aging – low back and/or leg pain can be experienced. What may result over timeis an arthritic or stiff spine that is less flexible and more vulnerable to injury.


The misnamed “slipped” disc is rare, found in less than 10% of all lower back problems. Discs are the cushioning pads between the 24 spinal vertebrae. Sometimes, under great strain, part of the disc’s soft centre bursts through its tougher outer casting into the spinal canal. In this position, the herniated disc can irritate or press on spinal nerves. Symptoms can include a deep, dull ache in the lower back or buttocks, leg pain with numbness, tingling and/or weakness, a “tilting” of the body, restricted back movements and pain from coughing or sneezing. If you are experiencing any symptoms explained here and would like to know more, please make an appointment and we will be happy to answer all of your questions!
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