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Lower back pain. No doubt you’ve experienced it at some point already, and chances are, you will again. Experts sometimes refer to lower back pain as a universal human experience since it affects as many as 80% of adults to some extent during their lifetime. If you are fortunate, your lower back pain will resolve itself as quickly as it begins, without the need for medical attention. However, for a fairly large percentage of people, lower back pain will become a chronic problem that has a considerable impact on their day to day lives.
Have you recently been a car accident? If so, you should be mindful of your back and spine health now more than ever. There are numerous types of injuries that may occur that should be addressed right away. Putting it off could lead to more serious issues or slower recovery.
Car accidents can have devastating consequences. Even if you aren’t seriously injured, being involved in a vehicle collision can cause long-term problems for your body, and in particular, your spine. This is because back injuries are some of the most common that occur as a result of being involved in an accident of this type. Most back injuries happen because of the extreme stress that is placed on the spine during the impact. This can cause the bones of the spine (vertebrae) to come out of alignment, the gel-filled discs between the spinal bones to rupture and there may even be damage to the spinal cord itself. All of these can lead to a range of issues from back pain and mobility problems to loss of function in certain parts of your body. Fortunately, most car accident injuries can be carefully treated, many using chiropractic care.
The spine is one of the most integral structures in our body. Comprised of 24 bones called vertebrae that are held together using muscles and ligaments, and with small, spongy discs between them, the spine both protects our spinal cord – the main element of our neurological system – and facilitates our ability to stand and move.