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Wednesday, April 3, 2019
One of the most common reasons for a person to visit the doctor’s office is back pain. After all, that kind of discomfort is not only irritating, it can cause issues with movement and getting around. About six million cases are seen every year, and around 80 percent of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Add those statistics to the fact that those numbers are growing due to our dependency on electric devices, and it’s no wonder that millions of Americas are visiting chiropractors, physical therapists, and orthopedics.
“In your spine, there are 26 bones stacked together and connected by ligaments, muscles, and shock-absorbing discs,” SouthCoast Health Physical Therapist Chris Curry said. “Countless things can cause any of those components to be harmed and have people in desperate need to see a doctor.”
If you or a loved one are experiencing back pain, here is what the location might mean for your health.
Lower Back Pain
This is the most common area for people to experience back pain, as about two-thirds of adults will feel it at some point. It’s best described as discomfort in the area beneath your ribs and all the way down to your tailbone.
What’s the cause of lower back pain? There can be a wide list of reasons:
Middle and Upper Back Pain
This type of pain is less likely than that of lower back pain but can still happen for many people. This is because the middle and upper back tends to be more stable, thus protecting it from injury. Here are the most common reasons why pain might occur:
Common Reasons for All of the Above Locations of Back Pain
While some pain is specific to the area where they occur, there are also a handful of reasons that can trigger general back pain. Those are as followed:
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