Finding chronic back pain relief can be difficult but it is not impossible. The best treatment for your chronic back pain will depend on exactly what is causing your back pain.
Chronic back pain is a common problem in modern society. 80% of people will see their doctor with complaints of back pain.
Common causes of chronic back pain:
• Poor Posture
• Deconditioning / Muscle Weakness
• Muscle Strain or Sprain
• Degenerative or Bulging Discs
• Herniated Discs
• Facet Joint Arthritis
Any treatment plan for chronic back pain relief should always start with the most conservative and least invasive treatments first.
Nearly everyone can benefit from better posture.
When your posture is good with your head up, your shoulders back, and your stomach pulled in, it puts your spine in a balanced position.There is little strain on the muscles and ligaments in this position.
Stretch and Strengthen
Exercises to improve your posture will strengthen the muscles of your back and core.
Stretching exercises will lengthen the muscles and ligaments that make it difficult for you to maintain a good posture.
You can find easy exercises to improve your posture at Low Back Pain Exercises to Improve Your Posture.
Doing these exercises consistently for a few weeks will improve your posture and help you find chronic back pain relief. Unfortunately, simply looking at these exercises is not likely to be very much benefit.
You must actually do the exercises.
Muscle pain is a common cause of back pain. This can occur after working in the garden all weekend or after starting a new job.
Anytime you ask your muscles to perform activities that they are not accustomed to you can expect some aching pain. The longer and harder that you push your muscles, the more severe your pain will be.
Avoid the Pain
You can avoid this pain by training consistently so that your muscles are prepared for the activity you have planned. Stretching and warming up prior to vigorous activity can also help prepare your muscles.
I know that advice is not very much help when you are already in pain.
However, it may help prevent it from happening again.
When you have aching muscle pain following strenuous activity this is not likely to turn into chronic back pain. However, if your pain is caused by routine activities, such as working in an awkward position or too much bending and lifting this can turn into chronic pain that does not go away.
When your pain is not caused by a one-time event.
You need to adjust the way you work and avoid awkward positions especially when lifting. You should get someone to help you when loads are too heavy or too awkward to manage safely without injuring your back.
Alternating heat and ice packs may help sore muscles recover. Over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help to relieve the pain.
You may need to...
If your pain does not improve after four or five weeks of limited activity you probably need to make an appointment with your doctor. You may have a more severe injury than you think.
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