Lower back pain is a very common problem, with about 80% of the population facing back pain at some point in their lives. In about 23% of cases, it becomes a longstanding problem, while in 5%, it becomes disabling. Lower back pain is also the second largest cause of work absence, after the common cold.
The lower back is a complex structure composed of bones, ligaments, joints, fascia, discs and muscles. Pain can arise from any of these structures, and pinpointing the exact source can sometimes be difficult.
Slipped disc is probably the commonest cause of lower back pain, usually occurring at L4/L5 or L5/S1 level. The slipped disc will then ‘pinch’ on the nerve (at its respective level), causing pain radiating down from the lower back to one of the legs.
Other causes of lower back pain include trauma (overstretched of soft tissues at the back), osteoarthritis of the spine (spondylosis), compression fracture of the vertebral body (secondary to osteoporosis), or rarely an abnormal growth at the back.
So, how do we usually deal with back pain nowadays? Painkillers, injections, physiotherapy & operations (only in 2% of the cases) are the main stay. Many patients are told to bear with the Pain, which is quite debilitating.
By correcting the alignments of the spine, our Orthotics can help to reduce our patient’s back pain with up to 85.1% success rate (Based on a 6 weeks clinical study done in Georgia, USA).