Suffering from lower-back pain is one of the biggest reasons why people visit the doctor. Back pain also is the leading reason for having to stay away from work, worldwide. The expenditure for back pain annually is far more than any other medical expenditure, and the cost of lost productivity, because of staying off work suffering back pain, is not included in that count.
Mostly, suffering from back pain is short-lived, disappearing within a day or two, or a week or two, without too much of a fuss. Some patients, not many, can suffer up to twelve weeks and even less will suffer more than twelve weeks. This last minority of back pain sufferers, doctors call it Chronic Nonspecific low back pain, are often prescribed treatments that have been proved ineffective and sometimes even harmful.
Research also showed that back pain not only result from injuries, but genetics can play a role, as well as a person’s brain. It was also found that the preferred treatments prescribed by doctors is mostly not that effective and have no long-term positive results. These, not so effective, treatments, also include the taking of painkillers, opioids, and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Therapies, Treatment if you like, that will help to Combat Back Pain:
- Exercise: Being inactive can slow down recovery, where physical activity will help relieve pain. Exercise increase muscle strength, the muscles support the spine. Exercise can also improve flexibility, as well as suppleness in the back. Exercise boost blood flow to soft tissues and this will help with healing and stiffness. Exercise will help to improve a person’s functional movement and getting back to normal activities.
- Physical Therapy: Physical therapists will observe a person while standing, sitting, walking and doing other activities, and then analyze where the problem originates. They will work out functional training that will the triggers for your back pain will be sidestepped. They believe to not stop when it hurts, no quitting till all the repetitions has been done and that you should keep to a strict schedule on when to do the exercise.
- Massage: A Massage is a good approach from the pain relief perspective. Massages improve movement and functionality in the short term. It will relieve pain and improve symptoms for a period of time. There are a great variety of different massaging styles, and the good news is that it is mostly harmless, while bringing some relief.
The first instinct that people have when back pain rears its head is to avoid physical activity, and be still until the pain subsides. But, as shown above, that might be the worst thing that you can do. Look into any of the above-mentioned options to find a better, more advanced, modern therapy, to help you combat your back pain.