Lower back pain is one of the most common medical conditions today. In fact, up to 69% of Americans say that low back pain affects their day to day lives. Yet, many of these patients have never sought medical care for their back pain symptoms. Other patients, however, have unsuccessfully sought medical treatment and now simply deal with the day to day pain. Some head to urgent medical care centers with limited results. Although there is not really a cure for lower back pain, there are methods for dealing with it. In addition to urgent medical care treatment, these are some of the most common.
Exercise is probably the last thing that you want to do when dealing with chronic lower back pain. You might even feel like your exercise abilities are limited. In fact, one out of 10 Baby Boomers reports that their physical activity is limited to a few days a month. However, daily exercise is very important for improving lower back pain. When you avoid exercise, your bones and joints get stiff, thus making the pain increase. Additionally, you are more likely to gain weight and the extra load on the joints can be additionally painful. Working with a physical therapist or personal trainer can help you find daily exercise routines that are healthy and safe for you to do.
Physical therapy is about much more than learning to rehabilitate. It is also about strengthening your muscles and improving an especially painful area. If you deal with chronic lower back pains, you might feel like your lower back does not serve its full purpose. The point of physical therapy is to build the surrounding muscles and to better support the lower back. This will, hopefully, increase your ability to exercise and go about your daily activities.
Physical therapy has proven to be successful in not only improving mobility and reducing pain, but also in preventing risky surgeries. Some surgical physicians will push surgery and while surgery might be a good option for some lower back pain patients, it is not an ideal solution. A study published in World Neurosurgery showed that, among 96 patients that were treated for Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD), there were no significant differences in outcomes between the 53 who were treated with lumbar fusion and the 43 who chose to pursue nonoperative treatment (i.e. physical therapy).You are also less likley to have medical emergencies that require an urgent medical care visit.
Weight and activity support
Physical therapy is effective in strengthening the surrounding muscles and helping to support the lower back. In the meantime, however, as the muscles are being built, a back support can be used. Back supports help with both weight and activity, shifting the load that is carried on the back. A back support should not be a final solution, but it can be helpful for overcoming periods of extreme pain. They are also very useful for those professionals that use their lower backs on a daily basis such as construction workers, laborers, and even nursery employees.
Seek alternative treatments
Lower back pain is mostly misunderstood. There are many causes and yet most physicians are focused on simply treating the pain and not finding out the cause. After you have gotten your pain under control, it is important to seek a cause. You can work with a variety of medical professionals including physical therapists, rheumatologists, neurologists, and even pain management professionals in seeking a cause. Find doctors that focus on a cause of your chronic pain and it can help to prevent daily flare ups.
Millions of Americans deal with lower back pain on a daily basis. Most do not even bring up their pain with their medical clinic team until they are faced with an urgent medical care emergency. Those that do are offered short term solutions that do little to reduce the daily pain. Fortunately, there are other options and these options can effectively reduce pain and help to find a cause of the chronic back pain.