Is chronic back pain for life?
Chronic back pain is just that, chronic, but is this pain for life?
Chronic back pain is just that, chronic. It means that it persists for more than 3 months. It can be progressive and often the cause is difficult to determine. Whether or not it will last for a lifetime depends on several factors including cause, treatments options, adherence to individual treatment plans as well as the attitude and determination of the individual.
Nearly everyone has back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, nearly nine out of ten adults will experience back pain. For Americans, it is the most common cause of disability with at least $50 billion being spent each year. Fortunately, most occurrences of back pain are acute and go away within a few days. For the rest, it takes much longer to resolve. This leads to the question…Is chronic back pain forever?
Before it can be treated, chronic pain needs to be evaluated for a cause. Here are a few of the more commons causes of chronic back pain, however the causes are as varied as the population that it effects.
Herniated (bulging) discs
The cartilage between the vertebrae may weaken and become displaced, pushing into the space containing the spinal cord causing pain. This can sometimes lead to cauda equina syndrome, which is a serious complication. This occurs when the disc is pushed into the spinal canal and then compresses nerve roots. Permanent damage may result if this is left untreated.
This is a condition in which a herniated disc presses on the sciatic nerve which carries nerve fibers down from the pelvis to the leg. This causes electrical or burning low back pain that can also manifest as pain through the buttocks, down the leg and sometimes down to the knee and even foot.
This is caused by the narrowing of the internal canal of the vertebra. It can be congenital or by the degeneration from disc wear and tear over time.
This disorder is progressive and is identified by the decrease in bone density and strength. It can then cause fractures of bones within the hips, pelvis and spine with painful outcomes.
This is an inflammatory process that causes chronic back pain and stiffness. The symptoms are often made worse with immobility. It is definitively diagnosed through the identification of gene markers.
Don’t take your pain laying down…literally! It used to be the belief that rest allowed for healing. That is not always the case. Exercise may be the most effective way to speed recovery from low back pain. It will help to strengthen muscles that are important in supporting the spine. Generally swimming, walking and yoga are good for stretching, posture and balance. Your doctor or physical therapist can provide you with a regime of exercise that can best assist you.
This is a "hands-on" approach in which a doctor of chiropractic care uses leverage and a series of precise movements to adjust spinal structures and help restore back mobility. This is often called “an adjustment”.
This method involves placing very thin needles into energy meridians, which are precise points throughout the body responsible for the transmission of life force energy. This process can allow for the release of naturally occurring painkilling elements and keeps the body’s normal flow of energy open and unblocked.
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