What is Pain?
Pain is your built-in bodyguard. When the body needs attention, pain forces you to become aware of a problem and address the source of distress. It is one of the human body’s most primitive mechanisms and the responsibility of the central nervous system. 70 to 85 percent of all people have back pain at some time in their life. To ignore pain would be like pulling the batteries out of a fire alarm without finding out what is causing it to go off. Medications only mask the symptoms and do not address the source of the problem. Additionally, the effectiveness of medications will lessen over time which will lead to increasing dosage and possibly addiction.
How is Clear Purpose different?
We want to make our office an environment for optimal healing. We create an individually designed treatment plan for each patient that allows the body to be free of pain as quickly as possible. Working with multiple disciplines, we use physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and medical massage therapy to attack stubborn problem areas specifically and quickly. Once pain is resolved, we will work with you to correct postural imbalances that may have caused your symptoms in the first place.
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A few interesting facts regarding back pain:
- Low back pain is the fifth most common reason for all physician visits in the United States.
- Back pain is the most frequent cause of activity limitation in people younger than 45 years old.
- Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic; meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
- Approximately one quarter of U.S. adults reported having low back pain lasting at least one whole day in the past three months. 7.6 percent reported at least one episode of severe acute low back pain within a one-year period.
- Low back pain is also very costly: approximately 5 percent of people with back pain disability account for 75 percent of the costs associated with low back pain.
- One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
- Approximately 2 percent of the U.S. work force is compensated for back injuries each year.
- Americans spend at least $50 Billion per year on back pain — and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.