It’s 7 a.m. Your alarm clock buzzes and you rollover. In just seconds it all clicks in your mind. You’re stuck in an endless loop. The pain is radiating from your lower back, into your hips and thighs. The muscles spasm and the pain becomes achy and dull.
On February 2nd while most people wait to see if winter will persist, those with chronic back pain are waking up to the same thing they wake up to every day: pain.
Despite being mainly linked to weather patterns, Groundhog Day is also synonymous with repetition mainly due to the popular 80s movie starring Bill Murray. If you have suffered a back injury, have a spinal condition, or have chronic back pain, every day can feel like Groundhog Day.
About 80 percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their life. Back pain is also the most common cause of missed days of work, while about a quarter of adults report experiencing low back pain during the last three months.
While most back pain is acute, meaning it lasts only a few days, some people may suffer from subacute back pain and chronic pain.
Subacute Back Pain
Subacute back pain is defined as pain that lasts between four and 12 weeks. For those with subacute back pain, self-care may provide some reprieve, but professional help should be sought out. Through back pain treatment from a chiropractor, a person with subacute pain may find relief quicker than expected.
Chronic Back Pain
Those stuck in the everlasting loop of “Groundhog Day back pain” will experience pain for more than 12 weeks. About 20% of those who suffer from acute back pain will develop chronic pain with symptoms that last over a year, or longer if left untreated.
Why You Need Treatment
Each year, millions of dollars are spent on over-the-counter remedies for back pain. A skilled chiropractor can provide spinal manipulation and other treatments that will help align the spine, restore mobility, and provide some pain relief. Chiropractic care is primarily used as a pain relief alternative for muscles, joints, bones, connective tissue, and tendons.
Chiropractic care is essential when you’re suffering from any type of back pain, be it acute, subacute or chronic. Oftentimes, people turn to chiropractic care as an alternative to back surgery. By receiving proper care, you can get back on your feet and break free from the back pain cycle.