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Dr. Galante On How the Media Treats Low Back Pain [Video]

Learn Dr. Anthony Galante's Thoughts on What the Media Says About Treating Low Back Pain

Recently, I came across an article on low back pain in the Lifestyle section of AOL. It was titled, “10 secret reasons for your back pain" by Reader's Digest author Alyssa Jung.

I read this article with curiosity to see how the media's message compared to the truth about back pain. After all, articles like this have the potential to affect the thought processes of millions of people.

The fact is 80% of people will have disabling low back pain at some point in their lives. And roughly 33% of all adults are currently suffering from low back pain. Furthermore, with the current opioid crisis, low back pain is a hot topic, and the media knows this.

So, let's take a look at this article and see if its take on low back pain lines up with reality.

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What Causes Low Back Pain and How Can Chiropractic Care Treat It?

Learn Where Low Back Pain Comes From and Why Chiropractic Should Be Your First Line of Treatment

If you’re like many Americans, you’re probably starting to experience pain in your lower back. In fact, 80% of people will have disabling low back pain at some point in their lives. Maybe you suffered an injury at work, maybe you’ve developed a painful spinal condition, or maybe you can’t pinpoint any specific cause at all. No matter what the case is, the end result is the same: you have low back pain and you want answers.

“Why do I have low back pain? How can I alleviate my back pain?” We hear this every day from patients at Algonquin Chiropractic Center, where we treat low back pain in Algonquin, IL. Let’s dive into those questions and talk about the prevalence, causes, and treatments for low back pain, including chiropractic care and low back surgery.

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Why and How Should I Get Custom Orthotics?

Custom Orthotics Relieve Pain and Improve Motion

If you have neck, arm, leg, or back pain, you probably think treatment has to focus on those areas. However, those symptoms often stem from conditions caused partly by poor body and foot alignment. Your feet are your foundation, and a lack of proper arch support forces your body to shift its weight a certain way to compensate. This leads to problems further up the body. One way Algonquin Chiropractic Center addresses those problems at the root is with custom orthotics.

Custom orthotic shoe inserts are an effective tool to relieve pain and improve motion when treating conditions like sciatica, spinal stenosis, and low back pain. Read on to learn how custom orthotics help, and how Algonquin Chiropractic Center supplies you with orthotics designed for your specific foot shape and condition.

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Is Low Back Surgery the Answer to Lower Back Pain?

Learn More About Low Back Surgery Before You Decide

Many people believe low back surgery is the “cure-all” for low back pain and leg pain. This includes pain from conditions such as ruptured discs, sciatica, stenosis, herniated discs, and bulging discs.

However, only a small percentage (less than 5%) of back pain sufferers undergo a low back surgery, while 95% don’t! Not only that, but studies show of the people having low back surgery, up to 70% may be unnecessary.

 

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Trump Calls Opioids a “Public Health Emergency”—How Bad Is It?

An Epidemic Abuse Makes Opioids a Risky Choice for Pain Management

“Trump declares opioid epidemic a national public health emergency” read CNN’s headline last month. When the president of the United States discusses a specific health problem, how bad is it?

How Bad is the Opioid Epidemic?

Photo of a person lying on the floor with a bottle of pills next to them after an opioid overdose.

Let’s look at these facts from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)’s Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts & Figures:

Opioid Addiction

  • Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as the licit prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others.
  • Opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain and nervous system to produce pleasurable effects and relieve pain.
  • Addiction is a primary, chronic and relapsing brain disease characterized by an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
  • Of the 20.5 million Americans 12 or older that had a substance use disorder in 2015, 2 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 591,000 had a substance use disorder involving heroin.
  • It is estimated that 23% of individuals who use heroin develop opioid addiction.

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