Back pain is one of the most common pain conditions, but many myths prevail as truths when it comes to it. This month on Nevada Pain, we spent some time unpacking the myths that have surfaced about back pain (and who’s affected by it) as well as proven lifestyle strategies that can help you manage it.
You can live a full life with back pain
In our post “3 Powerful Myths About Back Pain,” we discussed some of the most prevalent myths about back pain. In particular, we discussed the myth that you just have to live with the pain.
As we noted:
“While it’s true that some types of back pain are harder to alleviate than others, pain specialists and researchers have many different tools at their disposal to help reduce or even eliminate back pain. Some of them are more traditional than others, and it is up to you and your doctor to work together to find which one works best for the back pain you have.”
So, you can live a full life with back pain. How do you make that happen?
Become mindful about your back in everyday situations
As we also discussed in our Myths post, most back pain is due to misuse and overuse injuries. There are small things you can do every day, and during your most frequent summer activities, that can help you prevent more pain from occurring or reduce the amount of pain that you already have.
Gardening or working in the yard this weekend? If you can create just a few new habits, you can make sure this activity remains enjoyable and pain-free. Here’s how:
- First, we recommend warming up every time you head out to do yard work
- Second, reduce repetitive motions and avoid movements that tweak your back
- Third, find help in common garden alternatives, like the raised garden
- Finally, work in some pain-relieving stretches and home remedies after your time in the yard
Likewise, if you’re heading out on a road trip this summer, we have 16 tips and tricks for managing back pain during your drive. From adjusting the car around you to scheduling frequent stops, you can help ensure that back pain doesn’t stop your festivities.
Find out more about chiropractic care
Chiropractic care is one of the best methods for treating back pain. Our post “How Does Chiropractic Care Work?” featured some of the most recent research on chiropractic care for back pain. We noted that:
“A large-scale consumer survey carried out by Consumer Reports found that chiropractic care outperformed all other treatments for back pain. This includes outperforming traditional prescription medications in managing pain.”
Studies from The Spine Journal and the University of Florida have also noted similar results. Because of the efficacy of this method, we compiled an entire post on “Which Chiropractic Methods Treat Low Back Pain?” Here, you’ll find more information about the different techniques chiropractors use to treat back pain, including direct thrusts, myofascial release techniques, and articulatory techniques.
Discuss back pain causes and treatments with your doctor
Back pain has a myriad of different causes and, based on your specific cause, your doctor will have different recommendations for treatment.
For back pain related to osteoporosis, for example, treatment can range from lifestyle strategies, like exercise, to more intensive treatment options, like vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty. Your specific treatment will vary depending on the severity of your pain, the progression of your osteoporosis, your known risk factors for treatment, and your age. Your pain doctor is your best resource for finding a comprehensive approach to any osteoporosis-related back pain.
In an ultimately surprising post, “Some Medications May Not Work For Back Pain,” we discussed some of the recent research that is looking at how, and if, prescription medications actually work for back pain. We noted:
“New research on three commonly recommended and prescribed medications has found that all three may be virtually ineffective against back pain and may actually do more harm than good.”
Find out which three medications we discussed in our post now. Before you toss your medications completely, though, always work with your doctor to reduce dosage or to make sure it’s right for you. Medications may not help everybody as much as we thought, but they still might work for some patients.
For more progressed forms of back pain, treatment may come to surgery. As we noted in our “When Back Surgery Is Needed For Pain” post:
“From simple over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to nerve blocks or other minimally-invasive treatments, many types of back pain can be successfully treated without surgery. Sometimes, however, a combination of minimally-invasive treatments and lifestyle changes just doesn’t adequately address back pain. There are also conditions that respond best to back surgery. For these reasons, sometimes surgery is the best option for back pain for the best results.”
We discussed the most common back pain conditions that lead to surgery in this post. These can include spinal stenosis, spinal fracture, and degenerative spondylolisthesis. If you have any of these conditions, it’s recommended that you talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for you.
Remember, you can live a full life with back pain. If you’re ready to talk to a Nevada Pain doctor about your back pain issues, you can find some of the more common treatments we perform for this condition here. Through a comprehensive, holistic approach using the most cutting-edge treatments, we know we can help you reclaim your life.
Do you suffer from back pain? Hit the comments below and let us know what has helped you overcome your pain.
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