Important Message To All Low Back Pain Sufferers:
If you are experiencing back pain you are probably not living life to it’s fullest. Simple tasks like putting on a pair of shoes, shaving, driving a car, and prolonged sitting or standing can be very difficult.
The problem with back pain is that it usually doesn’t cause things we associate with being sick like fever, dizziness, or nauseousness, but like the flu, it can keep you from performing normal activities of daily living.
Signs and Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Burning Sensations.
- Weak feeling in the low back.
- Dull ache.
- Shooting pains.
- Pain during coughing, sneezing, or a bowl movement.
Most back pain sufferers will immediately turn to pain relief medication.
Others consult their medical doctor. Usual treatment consist of either a stronger pain relief medication or a muscle relaxor. If that doesn’t work, often physical therapy is prescribed.
Their is a lot of confusion among health care providers as far as the best treatment for low back pain sufferers.
Here’s is what most if not all doctors agree on:.
1. Proper low back joint function creates improper healing.
2. Improper healing causes scar tissue that can cause joint stiffness.
3. Joint stiffness decreases nutrition to the discs of the low back.
4. Discs that loose the fluid nutrition during motion degenerate.
5. Degenerative discs can lead to arthritis, further pain and more frequent flare-ups.
Unfortunately most back pain sufferers aren’t told the truth about back pain.
That is why this article has been written.
Back Pain Causes More Than Just Pain.
Back pain causes sick days from work and a disruption in leisure activities. Back pain can affect normal sleeping patterns and is even known to cause relationship problems.
Frequent complaints of back pain sufferers include:.
- Weight gain.
- Feeling older.
- Sense of helplessness.
Back pain has many causes, including spinal tumors, protruding disks, ankylosing spondylitis, spinal stenosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, obesity, pregnancy, back sprains or strains, Lumbar Dysfunction With Posterior Joint and/or Sacroiliac Syndrome, Paraspinal Muscle Syndromes, or Complicating Isthmic Spondyolisthesis.
Back Pain Can Go Away By Itself!
That’s the good news!
The bad news is that every back pain episode that you experience can lead to further degeneration even after the pain goes away.
So it’s important to know what to do and what not to do if you experience back pain.
1. Immediately following a low back pain episode apply ice not heat. Heat can increase inflammation and create an environment for the laying down of scar tissue. Never directly apply ice to your skin. Wrap ice in a moist towel or place in a plastic bag. Ice can be applied for 10 minutes per hour to decrease inflammation and decrease pain.
2. Prolonged sitting can make back pain worse. Try to stand and move around for at least a couple minutes every 20 minutes.
3. Stay away from caffeine or other stimulants and drink plenty of water.
4. Visit a Doctor of Chiropractic to assure proper joint and nerve function. Chiropractic care is safe and affordable. It can help keep your low back young.