Back pain is one of the most common causes of disability in Australia. An estimated four out of five Australians suffer from back pain at some stage in their life. Some back problems arise from injury, but for many people, it is not easy to pinpoint the exact cause of pain. Pain can become chronic and debilitating!
If you have an existing back pain problem, you may be concerned with it getting worse as you age, perhaps preventing you from managing the demands of your job, looking after your family or sidelining you from the leisure activities that you enjoy. While some back pain problems can seem simple, detailed assessment is necessary to get to the root of the problem.
Bathurst Chiropractor, Ben Purcell practices neurologically based Chiropractic, underpinned by the basic belief that the central nervous system is the primary focus of all Chiropractic care. As part of his holistic approach, he uses a completely non-invasive, computerised ‘Neuroinfiniti‘ evaluation as part of his initial assessment of a patient’s back problems. This only takes about 12 minutes, but is invaluable when making his diagnosis as it can help him to understand the root cause of back pain for his patients.
To book your initial appointment, phone Bathurst Chiropractic on (02) 6331 1004 today.
The Most Common Causes of Back Pain
Dr Purcell reports that the most common cause is that of stress to the muscles and joints of the back through normal, everyday activity (or inactivity) including: poor posture, sitting incorrectly or for too long in one position, incorrect lifting or bending and even sleeping position.
The lower back and the core muscles are responsible for supporting our posture as we go about the tasks of daily life. If the vertebrae become misaligned (subluxated) for any reason, this can cause a number of problems ranging in severity, from minor twinges to more serious and even debilitating pain and impairment. A bulging disc can cause pressure on the spinal cord; nerves can be irritated and weakness can occur in the lower limbs as a result.
It is important to take notice of pain anywhere in the body. Taking action early and seeing your Chiropractor is important. It is vital that back pain sufferers do not try to carry on as normal, masking the symptoms with painkillers that do not solve the problem. Although they can be valuable at the acute stage for helping with inflammation until you can get professional help.
A study published in the Chiropractic Journal of Australia, clearly demonstrated the benefits of Chiropractic treatment for back pain. By comparison with medical management of low back pain, fewer people treated with Chiropractic needed time off work and more participants experienced complete resolution of their problem. Patients having their back problem medically managed were also more likely to experience their pain becoming chronic.
Why Choose Chiropractic?
Making an informed choice is vital. Dr Ben’s training and experience will help him to decide whether Chiropractic is the best option for you. Your initial visit will include questions about your back pain and your lifestyle, combined with a physical examination that may include a Stress Response Evaluation.
Be assured that the treatment from your Bathurst Chiropractor will be safe, effective and appropriate for you. The holistic approach he uses promotes lifetime wellness. It encompasses care to get you out of pain, and advice and exercises to make any adjustments necessary. The goal is to keep you out of pain, active and mobile. Take your first step today and call the practice on (02) 6331 1004 today.