Approximately 30 percent of adults over 18 are experiencing chronic pain with a slightly higher prevalence (34 percent) among females.1 Pain can significantly influence an individual’s recovery and functional ability.
In my experience as a physical therapist, one of the most common reasons patients seek out physical therapy is due to pain of the spine. Although certain factors related to neck or back pain are outside of our control (such as aging or arthritis), there are many factors that we do have influence over – including sleeping position.
We’ve all heard it, someone we know has “slipped a disc” in their back. However, slipping a disc is actually not possible. The vertebral discs between each vertebrae cannot slip out. So what is actually happening when someone “slips” a disc?
Have you ever had low back pain? Chances are you have had an experience in the past or are having one as you read this. Low back pain is experienced by approximately 70 percent of individuals in their lifetime.1 In fact, 1 in every 17 visits to a primary care physician is related to reports of low back pain.2 Combined, direct and indirect costs for low back pain are reported to be between 85 and 238 billion dollars, with costs continuing to rise.3
As a physical therapist, I see a lot of patients with neck and back pain. In my experience treating these patients, the majority have MRI findings that they want to discuss prior to treatment. However, it is important to take a closer look at what our MRIs may or may not be saying.
Have you ever had low back pain while sitting slumped over in your office chair or on your couch while watching TV? Have you ever had low back pain after a day of cleaning your house or garage? If you answered yes to one of these questions, you may be interested to know that your posture can affect the amount of stress that goes through your low back during daily activities.