The human skeleton is practically unique in the animal kingdom, as it is designed by nature for a lifetime of upright walking. This reflects in the human skeleton’s S-shaped spine, long leg bones, arched feet, and upright pelvis. All of these adaptations gave our early ancestors an advantage in the wild, when they hunted game. But it may be noted that a lifetime of walking upright takes a toll on the human body even today, and this results in chronic back pain and joint pain all around the world, even today. Chronic back pain is one of the most common types of chronic pain around the globe, but the good news is that modern medicine is ready to help. A person may get surgery for severe spine or back injuries or problems, and for anything short of that, they can visit a chiropractor’s office or a yoga studio. Hospital patients may use muscle strength testing equipment and other rehab tools such as digital pressure algometers. These rehab tool and systems can go a long way, and what about chiropractic adjusting tools?
Why Back Pain Happens
Many statistics are kept to track modern American health, and they show that at any given time, nearly 31 million Americans suffer from chronic back pain. Around one in four men and one in three women experience it, and experts say that as much as 80% of the population will experience back pain symptoms at some point in their lives. What is more, nearly 50% of working Americans admit to getting back pain symptoms sometimes.
What is causing all this chronic back pain? One common cause is simple old age, as a senior citizen has spent many decades walking upright fighting gravity, which takes a toll on the spine and back muscles. The vertebrae will collapse on each other, and this may strain the muscles and pinch nerves, not to mention reduce flexibility. Meanwhile, a person might start experiencing chronic back pain due to years of hard manual labor, such as from construction jobs. Many surveyed Americans also report that they attribute their chronic back pain to ongoing stress, and pregnant women may experience spinal distress as well. Finally, a person who suffered injuries such as sports injuries might have back pain issues. Fortunately, muscle strength testing equipment in a hospital can help a patient recover with physical therapy (PT), and people may visit their doctor or a pain clinic for help, too.
Muscle Strength Testing Equipment and Hospitals
A patient in a hospital may need physical therapy to help them recover and regain full mobility, strength, and flexibility. This means working with physical therapists who will guide the patient through different motions for the arms, legs, or any other body part. The patient’s progress may be measured with muscle strength testing equipment, which may involve stretchy bands that will accurately gauge how much stress the patient can put on it with their strength. As a patient recovers with PT, their arcs of motion and their muscle strength will increase and they may stop experiencing pain as they move. A patient may also have their motions captured with motion capture cameras and software, which will calculate the patient’s progress toward recovery.
Doctors and Help
Someone suffering from back or joint pain doesn’t have to visit a hospital to get treatment. This person may visit their private physician and explain their back pain issues, and/or they can visit a local pain clinic and speak to the doctors there. Some back pain issues can be handled with medication, but non invasive methods can be used, too. For example, a patient may be referred to a chiropractor. These specialist doctors may use simple tools and even their bare hands to readjust a patient’s back muscles and bones, which can relieve pressure on joints and pinched nerves. This can eliminate pain and restore the patient’s mobility.
Something similar may happen when a back pain patient signs up at a local yoga studio and takes part in private sessions with an expert. With natural bends and poses, the patient may relieve pressure on muscles, nerves, and joints to clear up pain and restore their flexibility. A person can get a referral for this from their doctor, and/or look online.