Low Back Pain is a Big Deal

You would know someone suffering from chronic back pain and would have also heard your parents or your colleagues at your workplace talking about their aches and soreness. You probably also have a friend who sees a chiropractor! It is no surprise – almost nine in 10 people would experience low back pain at some point in our lives!

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Pain is a big problem for Singapore. It is no surprise - almost nine in 10 people would experience low back pain at some point in our lives!

What You Need to Know

  • Keep active and try to continue with your daily activities. Research has shown that bed rest is likely to make the pain worse
  • Use heat packs for temporary pain relief – you can buy them from your local pharmacy such as Guardian or Watsons
  • Although it may be challenging, staying optimistic and recognising that your pain should get better will help you recover quicker.

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for medical consultation (Hoffman et al. 2013). However, back pain usually gets better on its own within a few days and you may not need to see a chiropractor or other healthcare professional.  It is a good idea to seek help if:

  • The pain lasts for more than 72 hours
  • The pain stops you from doing your day-to-day activities
  • The pain is very severe
  • The pain progressively worsens with time
  • You experience pain, numbness and tingling, or a burning sensation in one or both legs
  • You’re worried about the pain

Research has confirmed that most Singaporeans continue to work despite their pain problem. Early recognition of your pain symptoms will allow effective prevention and treatment to be offered. Treatments from a Chiropractor may include:

  • Chiropractic Adjustments or Spinal Manipulation
  • Dry Needling
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM), also known by Graston or Smart Tools Therapy
  • Neuromuscular Re-education
  • Corrective Exercise

International Medical Guidelines have endorsed spinal manipulation and exercise for treatment of low back pain. Medical institutions, including Harvard Health, have explicitly endorsed Chiropractors. If a referral to a specialist or additional imaging is necessary, your Chiropractor will be able to assist you with one.

The causes of back pain are obscure in most instances. In a minority of cases, doctors can identify a direct link to an organic disease. Many chiropractors and doctors order elaborate imaging studies for back pain against the recommendations by international health guidelines. Although disc protrusions and degenerative findings are often detected on MRI, they rarely are responsible.

Consequentially, surgery is seldom successful at alleviating it.

Do you know most insurance in Singapore cover chiropractic treatments? For a little over $100 per year, your insurance coverage can include chiropractic care! Personal Accident policies from companies such as AIA, Great Eastern, AXA, and Sompo include chiropractic care as part of their plan. To find out more, reach out to us via the contact form.

Many people with an acute back pain think, “But gosh, I didn’t even do anything!” But what many folks don’t realise is that it’s almost never a case of what you were doing ten minutes ago or what you did the night before that’s causing the current problem. Struggling to keep on top of your back pain? Schedule a visit with our practice to find out how we can help.