Start the New Year off Without Back Pain

Wouldn’t it be great to wake up and get out of bed in the morning without experiencing back pain? Contrary to what many people believe, waking up with back pain is not something you simply have to accept. Chiropractic therapy can effectively treat back pain, enabling you to comfortably get out of bed and participate in the physical activities you used to enjoy.

Back Pain – The Facts

As you’ll see in the statistics below, back pain, specifically low back pain, is the most commonly experienced type of pain in American adults. But unfortunately, many doctors prescribe opioids that mask the pain instead of treating its underlying causes. Instead of temporarily masking the pain, chiropractic treatment helps get to the root causes of back pain, naturally alleviating its symptoms.

Low Back Pain (LBP) is Very Common, Causing More Global Disability Than Any Other Condition

In one study, it was the most common type of pain reported by patients, with 25% of U.S. adults reporting LBP in the prior 3 months.

LBP is frequently classified based on several clinical characteristics, including duration of symptoms.


  • Acute back pain is often defined as lasting less than 4 weeks.
  • Subacute back pain lasts 4 to 12 weeks.
  • Chronic back pain lasts more than 12 weeks.


woman experiencing back pain sitting on bed
senior woman having back pain on her couch
female chiropractor examining male patient's back
girl holding stack of books and walking with heavy backpack

What are the risk factors for developing low back pain?

Anyone can have back pain. Factors that can increase the risk for low back pain include:


Age: The first attack of low back pain typically occurs between the ages of 30 and 50, and back pain becomes more common with advancing age. Loss of bone strength from osteoporosis can lead to fractures, and at the same time, muscle elasticity and tone decrease. The intervertebral discs begin to lose fluid and flexibility with age, which decreases their ability to cushion the vertebrae. The risk of spinal stenosis also increases with age.

Fitness level: Back pain is more common among people who are not physically fit. Weak back and abdominal muscles may not properly support the spine. “Weekend warriors”—people who go out and exercise a lot after being inactive all week—are more likely to suffer painful back injuries than people who make moderate physical activity a daily habit. Studies show that low-impact aerobic exercise can help maintain the integrity of intervertebral discs.

Weight gain: Being overweight, obese, or quickly gaining significant amounts of weight can put stress on the back and lead to low back pain.

Genetics: Some causes of back pain, such as ankylosing spondylitis (a form of arthritis that involves fusion of the spinal joints leading to some immobility of the spine), have a genetic component.

Job-related factors: Having a job that requires heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling, particularly when it involves twisting or vibrating the spine, can lead to injury and back pain. Working at a desk all day can contribute to pain, especially from poor posture or sitting in a chair with not enough back support.

Mental health: Anxiety and depression can influence how closely one focuses on their pain as well as their perception of its severity. Pain that becomes chronic also can contribute to the development of such psychological factors. Stress can affect the body in numerous ways, including causing muscle tension.

Smoking: It can restrict blood flow and oxygen to the discs, causing them to degenerate faster.

Backpack overload in children: A backpack overloaded with schoolbooks and supplies can strain the back and cause muscle fatigue.

Psychological factors: Mood and depression, stress, and psychological well-being also can influence the likelihood of experiencing back pain.

National Institutes of Health

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