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BACK PAIN WHEN YOU’RE UNDER 40

Millions of people suffer from back pain, but there’s a misconception that this ailment is most common in people in who are 60 or older. Many young people have back pain too, although theirs is usually from a different cause. Here is a rundown of common causes for back pain in people under 40.

Minor muscle strains. Sometimes known as “weekend warrior” strains, they often occur when you strain a muscle that’s not used to being worked. They can be painful and limit your ability to move in the short term, but they usually heal within a few days. A chiropractic adjustment within the first two weeks of a muscle strain can speed up the healing process. If you are getting these types of injuries on a frequent basis you should see the best Doylestown chiropractor to figure out what’s causing the problem.

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Disc Herniations. If you have frequent events where you throw your back out from something as simple as leaning over to pick a pencil off the floor, you may have a disc herniation. This happens when a disc in your spine pinches the sciatic nerve and causes pain, numbness, or tingling in the back or leg. This is a situation where you need to get evaluated by a Doylestown chiropractic physician. The chiropractor can figure out the extent of the injury and prescribe the correct physical therapy to deal with the pain.

If untreated, the sciatica caused by a herniated disc can worsen, and it can weaken certain leg muscles. In some cases you will need surgery to fix a herniated disc, but in others a combination of therapy and medication can work wonders. If the pain doesn’t let up, you may need cortisone injections in your back. If surgery is needed, the surgeon will remove the herniated portion of the disc to release the pressure on the nerve.

Spondylolisthesis. Another cause of back pain in younger people has to do with a tiny fracture of their vertebrae. It comes in two forms: spondylolysis (a fracture) or spondylolisthesis (a fracture that moves, or slips, forward). This condition is more common among certain types of athletes, such as gymnasts. However, a weekend warrior can do the same thing if he or she overextends the back in the course of a game or workout. This condition can be treated by wearing a back brace to avoid any extreme extension, and also by therapeutic movement and medication.   

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Remember, back pain is not something exclusive to older people. If you’re under 40 and you have back pain on a regular basis, you owe it to yourself to get a diagnosis!

 

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