Low Back Pain Treatments

4 out of five people feel pain in their back in their lives. From a research over 13,000 people suffering over 16 years in Canada, 20% had persistent and 30 % recurrent pain over time. Most of the people not suffering any more are under a form of monitoring. It is therefore wrong to say “the pain will resolve in the broad majority”. 

Back pain is one of the most disabling condition in the world and you should not ignore your symptoms. “Early intervention can help prevent a chronic problem from developing and obviate the need for medication and surgery,” says Mrs Wilmarth from Havard University.

The treatments vary according to the condition and the cause.  

In acute pain, you should not stay more than 2 to 3 days in your bed. Except sharp pain, it is even better to move around reasonably. Do not go for a walk of an hour obviously.

The use of medication should not be the first step. The inflammation is part of the normal process of healing and anti-inflammatories can have secondary effects such as gastro-intestinal problems but known, heart/stroke or kidneys too. Ask your doctor first, always.

There is a lot of controversy about heat/ice use. Most of the back-pain syndromes are due to a strain or sprain, and so the swelling accompanying it. If you put a hot bottle on it, it may severely flare-up and lead to extreme pain. If you do not know what to use with sharp pain, you’d better not use it.

You have probably exercised/stretched at some stage. It is highly recommended exercising with chronic low back pain. It has been shown that lasting pain has an inhibitor effect on the muscles stabilising the spine. The vicious cycle between pain and muscle weakness is the main reason of chronic back pain. The exercises should include a combination of strengthening, stretching and aerobics with a detailed plan including different phases.

A brace should be avoided if possible and kept only for heavy duty. The spine has a natural brace that we call “core muscles” (not at all the 6-pack). Unfortunately, the lack of physical activity lead to some weakness of it and the body “forget” to use it. The rehabilitation phase should include exercises reprogramming the use of this natural brace.

Surprisingly, the pain is not in your back but in your brain, and can affect your mood, like a breakdown can tremendously increase the level of resent pain. It is essential to keep some positive thoughts and try to plan goals to achieve.

There is, unfortunately, no miraculous and instant treatment for some back pain. It is considered that most of time, it will go away. However, last research demonstrates that it is better to get the right treatment rapidly to avoid future chronic pain. Find the health provider who can help to alleviate the acute pain and then assist you for preventing chronicity or recurrence.

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