The journal Lancet found that low back pain remained the leading cause of disability worldwide.
The Lancet begins it’s editorial with the following statement:
“The global epidemic of low back pain is escalating. A staggering 619 million people worldwide suffered from low back pain in 2020 (nearly 10% of the world’s population), and by 2050, that number is expected to reach 843 million.” The Lancet Rheumatology June 2023
Back pain is a prevalent and debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Whether it’s caused by poor posture, injuries, or underlying medical conditions, the impact of back pain on an individual’s quality of life can be substantial. However, thanks to ongoing research and advancements in medical science, new insights into the causes and treatments for back pain are emerging. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the latest study conducted on the subject, shedding light on the potential causes and innovative treatment approaches for back pain.
The study consisted of a comprehensive analysis of patient data, incorporating information from diverse sources such as medical records, imaging studies, and patient-reported outcomes. By examining a large cohort of individuals suffering from chronic back pain, the researchers aimed to identify common causes, risk factors, and treatment outcomes.
Causes and Risk Factors:
The study revealed that back pain is often multifactorial, with various factors contributing to its onset and persistence. Some of the common causes and risk factors identified include:
- Poor posture: Prolonged periods of sitting or incorrect body mechanics can strain the muscles and ligaments, leading to back pain.
- Muscular imbalances: Weak core muscles and imbalances between muscle groups can disrupt the stability of the spine, increasing the risk of back pain.
- Herniated discs: The study found that herniated or bulging discs are a prevalent cause of back pain, often resulting from age-related degeneration or injuries.
- Lifestyle factors: Sedentary lifestyles, obesity, smoking, and high-stress levels were associated with a higher incidence of back pain.
Innovative Treatment Approaches for back pain:
One of the most exciting aspects of the study was the exploration of innovative treatment approaches. The practitioners at Monmouth Pain employ a multidisciplinary approach that combines traditional and cutting-edge therapies, tailored to each patient’s specific needs. Some of the key treatment modalities found to be effective include:
- Orthopedics: Good treatment starts with a proper diagnosis. The Orthopedic physicians at Monmouth Pain can provide the proper diagnosis or even be a great second opinion if you already have a diagnosis.
- Physical therapy: Targeted exercises, stretches, and postural correction techniques can help strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and alleviate pain.
- Chiropractic care: Whether it’s a new pain or chronic, the Chiropractors at Monmouth Pain provide a number of treatment options to best address the pain you are feeling.
- Minimally invasive interventions: Techniques such as epidural steroid injections, nerve blocks, and radiofrequency ablation were found to provide significant pain relief for specific conditions.
- Acupuncture: Acupuncture treatments have shown to produce amazing results in reduction of lower back pain. Acupuncture works to relieve back pain by increasing circulation in the back area which helps reduce inflammation and pain.
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