Feeling Great: Lower back pain

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Dr. Jesse Cooper is a Chiropractic Physician with High Point Regional Health. He says patients with low back pain comprise 80 percent of their practice.

Dr. Cooper said a slight majority of their patients are women.

"Usually women are the gatekeepers of healthcare in their homes so it's a very good opportunity to educate women about low back pain, about health, and they usually forward that information to their children, to their spouses," he explained.

He said there are several different causes of low back pain.

"The vast majority of low back pain is mechanical in nature. So it could be poor mechanics, it could be picking something up the wrong way, just moving improperly and over time the body just starts feeling more pain that usual."

He said cancer is a very rare cause of low back pain, and that treatments ranging from stretching to pain injections and medication are usually successful treatments.

"We just have to figure out if it's the bone, if it's the joint, if it's the tissues, the muscles, things like that."

He suggested talking to your doctor if your low back pain gets bad enough to prevent you from doing everyday things, such as going to the gym, grocery store or work.

Dr. Cooper encourages motion and light exercise and stretching rather than immobility.

"It's never too late, however the later you wait for action the harder it is to get to that point [of recovery]," he added.

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