The Relationship Between Low Back Pain and Balance
As people get older, one of the most common thoughts they have is aches and pains are going to happen and they aren’t worth trying to fix. Most people will experience back pain of any level of severity at some point throughout their life, but with the proper active spine care practices, the pain can be alleviated. Some people may also slowly start experiencing balance issues, even with simple tasks like standing, walking or putting on clothes. But did you know low back pain and balance are actually related in more ways than one? Here are some explanations.
Nerve Damage Can Lead To Balance Issues
When you visit a spine and orthopedic center to assess your back pain, you may discover the pain is associated with nerve damage. Your nerves can be damaged because of excessive pressure on them from bone spurs, herniated discs or other issues. This damage can lead to muscle weakness and even neuropathy in some situations, which all can lead to balance issues. Most of the time balance issues are perceived to be the result of aging, but the reality is the back pain you’ve experienced for months or years could be a major contributing factor.
Poor Balance Can Make Back Pain Worse
Before your balance gets any worse and your back pain becomes more severe, consider getting low back pain management treatments. When you notice you’re experiencing balance problems, the shifting of your weight or naturally favoring one side of your body when moving can slowly make your back pain worse. And if your balance issues get to the point where you could fall, then you may have to deal with chronic back pain afterward due to injury. Poor balance itself may not contribute to making your low back pain more severe, but the consequences definitely can.
Treating Back Pain Can Correct Balance Issues
You should always visit your medical professional to determine whether your balance issues are directly related to your back pain. Your medical professional will do visual tests, inner ear tests, somatosensory tests and more in order to get down to the source of the issue. If it’s determined your back pain and balance issues are related, the medical professional may suggest low back pain management treatments. These treatments involve adjusting posture, practicing the best body mechanics, stretching and stabilizing the core. Strengthening these muscles should slowly alleviate your back pain and potentially fix balance issues along the way.
DBC Active Spine Care® offers a spine adaptive functional restoration program designed to help people alleviate their back pain and prevent future back pain from occurring. Ignoring back pain will only make it worse and potentially lead to other problems later on. By strengthening your back and surrounding muscles, you’ll provide more stability for your spine and promote better spine health in the process. If you are experiencing back pain of any severity, contact us today to see how our revolutionary program can help.