Heal Your Aching Back by Jeffrey N. Katz

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How to Deal with Back Pain

“Research has proven that combining a rehabilitative exercise program with other treatments for your back problem will help your back – and neck – heal faster.”

The number one chronic disease among Americans is back pain. Diagnosing the cause of someone’s back pain is nearly impossible, as numerous conditions and forms of trauma can lead to this problem. Most people can end their pain by living a healthy, active lifestyle, but some suffer from chronic back pain, which require more specific treatments.

Five regions make up your spine: the cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, sacrum and coccyx. Of these five areas, your lumbar spine (lower-back) will experience pain the most often, as it carries most of the weight during your day.

Numerous diseases can cause back pain, but the most common causes are as follows:

• “Sprain-and-strain injuries – Though the pain can be severe, these injuries usually disappear on their own, when you give yourself time to heal. They affect your muscles and ligaments. • “Pinched nerve syndromes” – Pain develops when pressure is put on your back’s nerves. Causes can range from herniated disks to spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spinal column tightens and puts pressure on the spinal cord. • “Vertebral osteoporotic fractures” – The rounded frontal portion of a vertebra can become susceptible to small fractures. Osteoporosis and spondylolisthesis can be grouped into this category.

If you are experiencing back pain, see your primary physician first. He or she has already understands your lifestyle and medical history, making him or her most likely to make an accurate judgment of your situation. Most back pain is caused by sprain-and-strain injuries, which the body will easily heal itself of. If your condition is worse, your doctor is the best person to recommend you to a specialist.

Since people experience pain differently, you need to find the type of pain management techniques that are right for you. If over the counter medication isn’t doing the trick, doctors may prescribe pain-killers with opiates like codeine. Follow your doctor’s orders when taking strong medication to prevent addiction.

Injection therapies, which get to the “source” of one’s pain, have become increasingly popular. They can prevent pain for as long as several months, but remember that they are not permanent solutions to your problem.

Some alternative therapies work great in conjunction with traditional medicine; however, examine the credentials of practitioners before undergoing treatment, and get your doctor’s opinion before making a decision. The following therapies are four of the most popular alternative options:

  1. Chiropractic – Chiropractors have demonstrated proficiency in dealing with lower-back pain, but be weary of treatment on your neck, if you have an infection or fracture.
  2. Massage – A massage is a great way to deal with stress, and studies have demonstrated that they alleviate back pain.
  3. Acupuncture – By injecting needles into your body’s “meridians,” acupuncturists safely stimulate your body’s ability to fight pain.
  4. Meditation – Chronic back pain can be managed, when you learn meditation and visualization.

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