Back and Neck Pain – Stop the Suffering
When used to describe someone, the term “pain in the neck” isn’t usually a compliment – and there’s a reason for that. Neck pain affects 50% of people at some point during their lifetime. Even more prevalent, back pain affects 85% of people during their lifetime. Both afflictions can range anywhere from a mild aching to a severe, debilitating pain. No matter the degree of your suffering, it’s important to know that there are effective, clinically-proven ways to alleviate your pain and regain a sense of well-being.
At any one time, 6.8 percent of the U.S. adult population is suffering from an episode of back pain lasting more than two weeks. With its widespread impact, it’s no wonder that low back pain has been estimated to cost the U.S. economy over $50 billion a year.
What causes low back pain?
Low back pain is caused by many factors – and sometimes it’s a combination of several issues. Structural misalignments, degeneration, arthritis, bulging discs, pinched nerves or inflammation and swelling from injuries are all popular culprits in creating low back pain.
Like low back pain, neck pain is often the result of several factors or issues at play – all creating discomfort that can be disruptive to your everyday life.
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain is often attributed to irritation of cervical nerve roots, minor disc bulges, swelling from injuries or arthritis. In an age when many of us spend an unnatural amount of time hunched over a computer, it’s no wonder that poor posture and reduced curve of the vertebrae of the neck are also commonly cited for creating neck pain.
What’s interesting is that in clinical studies, there seems to be a lack in correlation between some structural changes – like arthritis and bulging discs – and neck pain. And, with mounting evidence pointing toward biochemical and metabolic changes playing a larger role in neck pain and its related symptoms, it’s more important than ever that individuals suffering from neck pain treat the condition holistically.
A Better Approach to Alleviating Back and Neck Pain
Standard treatments for both conditions may include physical therapy, drugs or even surgery. What’s often missing from traditional medical approaches are the powerful, natural remedies that bring relief without drastic measures. Many back and neck pain sufferers can achieve substantial pain relief from the right combination of a healthy diet, exercise, nutritional supplementation and structural realignments.
Dr. Keith Sheehan is a Chiropractor and Holistic Practitioner practicing at 1301 East King Street in beautiful Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dr. Sheehan has had 12 years experience helping his clients with a wide variety of physical and biochemical conditions, using an individually tailored wellness approach and natural therapies. His clients appreciate his caring and direct approach his helpful, knowledgeable staff. To schedule a nutritional or chiropractic assessment, or for more information, please contact Dr. Sheehan at (717) 392-6606.