Posted: Sep 18, 2013 7:38 PM by Alex Labat
Updated: Sep 18, 2013 7:47 PM
According to the American Chiropractic Association, close to 31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time.
Those symptoms can be a nuisance, but many times that back pain can be debilitating.
Besides the obvious pain in your back, you could be developing spinal disk problems.
If you're having trouble bending or standing, feeling shooting pains when coughing or sneezing, or even losing strength in your limbs, you could be developing a serious back problem.
Bernadette Jacquet says she's never felt better, especially after suffering with lower back pain caused by a car accident in 2005.
"Last week I came and I had zero pain. And today I have zero pain", says Jacquet.
She's been stretching and attending rehab, and for the first time in a week, she's finally walking without pain.
"I can walk. And I can stand. And at one time I couldn't even take close out of the dryer. And now I can do that", says Jacquet.
Jennifer Watson, a physical therapist at Our Lady of Lourdes, says alleviating temporary back pain is about finding a comfortable position and sticking to it.
"Generally when you're at home it's about finding a comfortable position that limits or decreased the pain before they have to see a medical professional", says Watson.
Watson says if the pain persists, to see a medical professional before the pain increases, and Jacquet emphatically agrees.
"Do whatever they tell you because it's worth it", says Jacquet.