04 Apr Why did my back just have an epic fail?
So if you had to guess what occurs more often.
1. A person wants to come and see a chiropractor because they recently hurt themselves
2. A person wants to see a chiropractor but they do not know what happened to make them feel unwell.
In my own experience it is at least 10 times more common for people to make their first appointment based around their symptoms appearing but them having not much idea why they started. The so called "mystery aches".
When this scenario occurs sometimes the person is in pain but of a moderate severity. For example, they can still function but not as well as they want. However there are also a decent number of people who are in severe debilitating pain yet they do not know what happened to bring that pain on.
It is often confusing to someone that they can bend down and pick up a pair of socks and be in agony with back pain. Or they can lean forward while brushing their teeth and be in agony. Or they can brush their hair and end up in agony. Such seemingly innocuous activities yet such severe symptoms. In these cases the activity didn't create the problem. The activity just made an existing "silent" problem obvious.
Recently I have seen several cases of people who attended my office in severe pain. The pain started with no known cause in all cases and was severe enough to dramatically effect their life. With 2 of these people we requested MRI tests and both cases showed disc injuries. So how can they have disc injuries but they did nothing to cause them?
This is a classic example of a problem that was already existing but was silent. This scenario is so common in the human body. Whether it is heart problems, cancer, blood pressure problems, sugar handling problems or the SPINE we can have problems for far longer than we are aware of, but when we become aware, the problem has either intensified or been in existence for so long that the body can not remain silent any longer.
The moral of the story from a chiropractic perspective is that we are far better off regularly maintaining healthy spine function, resting reassured that the likelihood of a "catastrophe" is far less, than living life purely based on your current level of feeling. Please remember FEELING does not equal FUNCTION, and function dictates your long term wellbeing.
Yours in health
Dr Michael Bloom
Dr Michael Bloom has a wide and varying interest in what it takes to live a healthy and happy life. He has over 20 years experience as a chiropractor in Europe and Australia and has attended over 40 post graduate seminars and courses. Currently he has a particular interest in the declining posture of society and the health implications associated with poor posture.