If you suffer from chronic back pain, you know how challenging everyday tasks can be, particularly when the pain is at its worst.
There are many reasons why people suffer from chronic back pain and some conditions may be more treatable than others. Read on to learn more.
Most Chronic Back Pain Can Be Managed
Unfortunately, chronic back pain is not often curable. When back pain is chronic, the symptoms usually appear gradually and are long-lasting. Chronic back pain is not typically caused by a particular event or injury and doesn’t often go away or heal itself without treatment.
However, that does not mean you are unable to manage the pain you experience. You may be able to use certain treatments and techniques to help you better manage your pain.
Some of the most effective techniques used for managing chronic back pain include:
- Physical therapy
- Building your core and shoulder muscles can help you strengthen other areas of the body so that you don’t rely on your back muscles as much when conducting everyday activities.
- Mindfulness and meditation
- Chronic back pain strains you both mentally and physically. A rehabilitation psychologist may be able to recommend certain cognitive and relaxation strategies so that you don’t focus on the pain as much.
- Having a diet high in trans fats, refined sugars, and processed foods can cause inflammation within the body, which often increases the amount of pain you feel. Speaking with a dietitian may help you understand what kind of diet is best for your body.
- Lifestyle changes
- If chronic back pain limits your abilities, it’s important not to fight it too much. It’s best to accept yourself as you are and adapt to a new way of living that doesn’t exacerbate your chronic pain.
- Injection-based treatments
- These include nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections, nerve ablations, and other injection-based procedures. Keep in mind that injections are not long-term solutions but instead provide short-term relief.
- Alternative treatments
- These include acupuncture, massage, biofeedback therapy, laser therapy, electrical nerve stimulation, and other non-surgical spine treatments.
- Pharmacologic treatments
- You may be able to use analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxers, and other medications to help manage your chronic back pain. It’s important to note, however, that the vast majority of pharmaceutical drugs are accompanied by undesired side effects and should not be used long-term.
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