It is true that we inherit our genetic make up from our parents and this includes some traits and conditions that we can get from them. However, research has shown that this is not true in a vast majority of conditions. This holds especially true with SPINAL HEALTH.
This means that it is not necessarily true that if your father has acute spondylitis that you or your children are going to inherit it too. My wife's father has this condition and she had asked me this question a few years ago which made me look deeper into this particular topic.
Low back pain is more common than you would think. I'll let the facts do the talking...
In a 6 month period, 5 in every 10 Canadians suffered low back pain. Up to 85% of working people can expect to experience low back pain in their lifetime. In Canada alone, the low back pain-related estimate of the medical costs ranges between 6 and 12 billion dollars annually.
Today, a 65 year old came for her first consultation with me. Very sweet lady, otherwise healthy but has a severe lower back pain. She told me: "My back hurts, I guess this is what I should expect at my age".
How many times have I heard that and it really is sad we relate old age with pain so easily. We accept that old age = pain. I cringe every time I hear that because it is simply not true. Growing old should not be a painful experience. Pain has nothing to do with getting old. You can experience pain at any age.
Ever wonder why we feel pain? This was an impending question in my mind when I was a kid. I'd fall down, bruise my knee and wonder - "why does it have to hurt?".
Growing up, I realized that pain is a very important warning system that protects our bodies. Yes, although pain is the worst feeling in the world, it is actually our body's safety system. Acute pain is not bad and is actually good for the body because it tells us to relax and let the body heal.
Raise your hand if you believe that if you experience no pain, there must be no issue. If you are raising your hand right now, this article is for you.
When it comes to spinal health, one of the most common questions I am asked is: "why bother when you have no pain?". A similar analogy is, "why brush if you have no cavities?".
You might as well ask me how important is breathing? I've come across many patients who have suffered with pain for years and have actually started thinking that pain is "normal".
Now imagine if your breath is staggered and causes you pain every time you inhale. Is that normal?
PAIN is your body's way of telling you something is not right. Your first reaction is to get rid of the pain and like many, you may take pain killers. That's like stifling your body... the pain is gone but the cause of pain is still there. It becomes worse over time.