Back & Spine care in Wheat Ridge, CO

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What's behind back pain and what you can do to prevent it
Modified from an original, published as Medical Essay, a supplement to Mayo Clinic Health Letter, February 1994.
Your back hurts. The pain comes whenever you stoop to tie your shoes or pump the brakes in your car. Maybe you've "thrown out" your back lifting something heavy. Or maybe you can't remember when or how it started, but now it seems like the pain won't go away. Your back reminds you it's there. And it hurts!
You're not alone. Back pain is ranked second only to headaches as the most frequent cause of pain. Four out of five adults will experience about of back pain at some time in their lives. In fact, back injuries were the nation's most common form of disabling work injury in 1992. And, even though back trouble is rarely life-threatening, it costs an estimated $40 billion a year in medical bills, lost wages and insurance claims in the United States. With numbers like these, it may surprise you that you can ward off back problems with simple steps such as exercise and adopting a new way to sit or stand.
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Even if you've injured your back before, you can learn techniques to help you avoid recurrent injuries. Back pain is common, particularly as you get older. But it's not inevitable.
Back basics
If you're like most people, you don't think much about your back--at least not until it hurts. What does your back actually do for you? The answer is a matter of balance. Cars have four wheels; chairs have four legs. And fellow mammals from mice to monkeys walk on four feet. Four points make balance easy. But humans stand and move about on two legs--a remarkable piece of engineering. Muscles contract and relax to enable you to stand and move. Tendons fasten muscles to the bones in your back (vertebrae). Ligaments--tough, fibrous bands--hold your vertebrae together. Your backbone also protects the spinal cord, the main pathway for your central nervous system. It takes this delicately balanced interworking of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves to balance and bear the weight of your body and the loads you carry.
Common kinds of backaches
From the simple backache to more serious back problems, here are common sources of back pain:
Less common causes of back pain
Here are guidelines for treating back pain at home:
Then follow these general suggestions:
Use these tips to help prevent injuries and use your back wisely:
Keep your back strong and healthy
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