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Back pain is the #2 reason people go to the doctor. Teach the causes and ways to stay healthy.

Back pain is the #2 reason people go to the doctor. Teach the causes and ways to stay healthy.

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    • BACK PAIN Dr. Michael Vanella
    • BACK PAIN
      • Walking upright on two feet has advantages, but it also puts intense pressure on the spine, as well as on other muscles and bones.
    • BACK PAIN
      • The perfect recipe for back pain is:
      • Improper sitting
      • Improper lifting
      • Improper reaching
      • Normal wear and tear of work and play
    • BACK PAIN FACTS
    • BACK PAIN FACTS
      • 2 nd most common reason for visits to the doctor (#1 is upper respiratory infections)
      • Leading cause of disability between the ages of 19-45
      • Low back pain is the #1 leading impairment in occupational injuries
    • BACK PAIN FACTS
      • Experts say that 80% of us will
      • experience a back problem at some time in our lives.
    • BACK PAIN FACTS
      • It is estimated that over 80 billion dollars is spent because of back pain each year, and the cost is growing.
      • There is no quick fix or total cure for most back problems.
      • How your back pain affects you on a daily basis is very much up to you!
    • BACK PAIN FACTS
      • Back injuries are a part of everyday life.
      • It can be a sharp pain or a dull ache
      • Tingling, numbness, or burning sensation can accompany it
    • BACK PAIN FACTS
      • You may also feel weakness, pain,
      • or tingling in your pelvis or upper leg
      • – a condition known as sciatica
    • BACK PAIN FACTS
      • The spine is good in dealing with back injuries.
      • Minor injuries heal within a day or 2
      • If it last longer you need to see a doctor
    • TOP 10 MOST “BACK BREAKING” JOBS
    • #1O AUTO MECHANICS
      • They work in
      • physically awkward
      • positions all day
      • long – bending over
      • cars, sliding under
      • cars, etc.
    • #9 NURSING HOME WORKERS
      • Have to lift elderly people into and
      • out of bed. The workers’ bodies can become twisted and off center.
    • #8 DELIVERY DRIVERS
      • Are always running, often carrying heavy awkward packages. Packages shipped via UPS, FedEx, etc. have increased in weight over the years. The job also involves a lot of driving.
    • #7 FIREFIGHTERS and EMTs
      • Deal with fire, water
      • pressure from hoses
      • and have to chop
      • obstacles with an axe.
      • They often carry people
      • to safety, which
      • is particularly difficult if
      • the victim is obese
      • or incapacitated.
    • #6 ROOFERS
      • Are always
      • twisting their
      • bodies.
    • #5 FARMERS
      • Lift heavy equipment
      • and bags of feed
      • and grain. When
      • doing fieldwork, they
      • constantly have to turn
      • backward to watch
      • equipment that is pulled
      • behind a tractor.
    • #4 POLICE OFFICIERS
      • Sit in their cars for long periods of time, which is rough on the low back.
      • When called into action, they have to make sudden movements and often face resistance from those they are arresting.
      • Police officers also wear belts that can weigh up to 40 pounds, which can cause chronic back pain.
    • #3 LANDSCAPERS
      • Lift heavier objects
      • than any other
      • profession.
      • Wheelbarrows can
      • twist and turn,
      • wrenching the
      • worker’s back.
    • #2 CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
      • Their jobs can involve
      • hammering, lifting,
      • steelwork, or ironwork –
      • all in very awkward
      • positions. Moving steel
      • beams can wreak
      • havoc on the entire
      • body.
    • #1 HEAVY TRUCK & TRACTOR TRAILER DRIVERS
      • Endure constant
      • compression and
      • vibration for trucks.
      • This can damage the
      • back. Prolonged sitting
      • puts pressure on the
      • spine, which can result
      • in disc degeneration.
    • #1 HEAVY TRUCK & TRACTOR TRAILER DRIVERS
      • Liquid carrying trucks are
      • particularly bad. When this type of
      • truck comes to a sudden stop, the
      • fluid in the truck slams back and
      • forth, and the driver feels the impact.
    • #1 HEAVY TRUCK & TRACTOR TRAILER DRIVERS
      • Also, because
      • professional truck
      • drivers are always on
      • the road, their diets are
      • seldom what they
      • should be, which can
      • contribute to back
      • problems.
    • BACK PAIN PREVENTION TIPS
    • TIPS
      • Maintain a healthy diet & weight
      • Remain active – under the supervision of a chiropractor
      • Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest
    • TIPS
      • Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities, such as gardening
      • Maintain proper posture
      • Wear comfortable, low heeled shoes
    • TIPS
      • Sleep in a mattress of medium
      • firmness to minimize any curve in
      • your spine
    • TIPS
      • Quit smoking. Smoking impairs
      • blood flow, resulting
      • in oxygen and
      • nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
    • TIPS
      • Work with your
      • doctor of
      • chiropractic to
      • ensure your
      • workstation is
      • ergonomically
      • correct.
    • LIFTING
    • LIFTING 100 lbs. 10 lbs. LEVER EFFECT -- can magnify weight by factor of up to 10 40 lbs. 200 lbs.
    • PLAN THE LIFT
      • How heavy the object is?
      • How far it has to be moved?
      • Where it is going to end up?
      • Is it cumbersome?
      • Is it a two person job?
      • Is there anything that needs to be moved prior to lifting?
    • CORRECT POSITIONING
      • Stand directly in front of
      • the load, with feet about
      • shoulder width apart.
      • One foot should be in
      • front of the other one
      • for good balance.
    • CORRECT LIFTING TECHNIQUE
      • Bend your knees and
      • tighten your stomach
      • muscles. Using both
      • hands grasp the object
      • and pull it as close as
      • possible to your body.
    • CORRECT TECHNIQUE
      • It is very important to
      • LIFT WITH YOUR
      • LEGS NOT THE LOW
      • BACK. The main
      • reason for this is that
      • leg muscles are much
      • stronger than low back
      • muscles.
    • CORRECT VERSUS INCORRECT Correct Technique Incorrect Technique
    • LAST BUT NOT LEAST
      • Avoid twisting AND bending of the lower back at the same time! This is one the most damaging movements to the spine.
      • To avoid twisting, pivot the feet to complete the lift.
      • Get help if necessary! If the load is too bulky or heavy, don't hesitate to get help or use a hand truck!
      • Don't be too tough or too busy to get help.
      • A strong will does not take the place of a reasonably safe lift.
    • CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT FOR BACK PAIN
    • CHIROPRACTIC
      • If you experience back pain, consult your doctor of chiropractic
      • More than 30 million Americans sought chiropractic care last year alone.
    • CHIROPRACTIC
      • With a thorough knowledge of the
      • structure and functioning of the human body, doctors of chiropractic make diagnosis and take steps to correct problems using spinal adjustments,
      • dietary and lifestyle advice, and other natural tools.
    • SPINAL ADJUSTMENTS
      • Primary form of treatment by doctors of chiropractic
      • Recommend option for back pain treatment by state and workers’ compensation guidelines
    • RECENT MEDICAL STUDIES SAY …
      • Chiropractic not only safe and effective, but can cut costs and get workers back on the job faster than other treatments.
      • Adjustments offer better short term relief of chronic back pain than medications.
    • THANK YOU