Low Back Pain

Four out of five people feel pain in their back in their lives. To 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 anymore 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 conditions globally, 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.  

It would be best if you did not stay more than 2 to 3 days in your bed in acute pain. Except for sharp pain, it is even better to move around reasonably. Do not go for a walk for an hour.

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

There is a lot of controversy about heat/ice use. Most back pain syndromes are due to a strain or sprain, so the swelling accompanies 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. Exercising is highly recommended while suffering from 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 for chronic back pain. The exercises should include 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 mount that we call “core muscles” (not at all the 6-pack). Unfortunately, the lack of physical activity leads to some weakness, and the body “forgets” 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 resenting 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. Most of the time, it will go away. However, the previous research demonstrates that it is better to get the proper treatment rapidly to avoid future chronic pain. Find a health provider who can help alleviate the acute pain and then assist you in preventing chronicity or recurrence.

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