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Association Between Headache and Low Back Pain

Oct 2, 2019


Headaches are a common reason for many people to visit their doctor.  Not only do headaches severely impact their quality of life, but it results in over 157 million days per year lost from work with a societal cost of over $50 billion.  Needless to say, it’s a big deal!

The goal of this research, “The Association Between  Headache and Low Back Pain: A systematic Review,” was to review studies quantifying the association between primary chronic headaches and persistent low back pain.

The commonest types of headache are migraine, tension-type, and medication overuse headache.  Migraine and tension-type headache featured in two of the eight causes of chronic disease and injury, each affecting more than 10% of the world’s population.  Chronic headache, defined as a headache occurring on greater than or equal to 15 days per month for more than 3 months, is a severely disabling condition affecting around 3-4% of adults worldwide.  That’s roughly 308,000,000 people!


-“Low back pain and headache are significant causes of disability worldwide”

-“People with low back pain and headache disorders may constitute a neglected patient group, that could have both conditions managed in combination rather than separate entities”

-“We identified a positive association between low back pain and headache disorders”

-“A combined approach to treating both conditions could reduce pill burden, medication overuse, and provide a holistic treatment approach for the two chronic pain syndromes.”

These findings reflect what we see in our chiropractic office every day.  Many patients come to our office for multiple aches and pains that are occurring at the same time.  Our chiropractic exam not only assesses that area of complaint, but instead looks at the body as a whole to see what else may be affected.  Treatment often involves improving joint motion in the spine, shoulders, hips, etc. while also decreasing inflammation, and training better posture and movement through enhanced core muscle strengthening.  This well rounded approach allows patients to not only get better, but stay better.  If you suffer with headaches, low back pain, or possibly both, give us a call.  There’s a good chance we can help you overcome your condition.

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