People strive to stay healthy and fit throughout their lives so they can be at their best 24/7. However, no matter how safe or healthy we try to be, there will always come moment where people fall sick or get injured. It’s just a fact of life. Right now, millions of people across the world are facing different illnesses, conditions, and problems. Some may be getting the proper treatment, while others may delay their treatment on the off-chance that time heals their problems.
It is important for folks to be aware of the different physical and mental problems they may face, and how significant it is to get their issues checked by the proper specialists immediately. One of these common problems that individuals overlook is back pain.
Back pain – a global problem
According to a study published by Elsevier Inc., lower back pain is a very common issue that many people face at some point in their life. The same study states that the prevalence of low back pain is greatest in the third decade, while overall incidence increases with age up until 60-65 years of age, until gradually decreasing again.
A common misconception is that a day of bed rest can easily cure back pain, which is why most people tend to overlook it. While it I true that resting can alleviate muscle strain and pain in acute cases, it should be noted that 1-2 days of bed rest can actually aggravate the back pain in cases of physical trauma, infection or bad posture. Contact Pillars of Wellness if your back pain does not subside within 2-3 days to make an appointment and get the right consultation and treatment.
What is “back pain”?
According to Medical News Today, back pain is a painful sensation felt in the back region that is a common cause for work absences and many medical treatment cases. The pain is usually uncomfortable and can be debilitating in severe conditions. The pain can be due to an injury, movement or other medical problems. Back pain can affect people of different ages, although it is prevalent among older people.
What are the causes
Back pain has a number of causes including:
1) Strain: Strain, tension, and injuries are commonly behind back pain. These can be caused by:
- muscle or ligament strain
- muscle spasm
- muscle tension
- damaged disks
- fractures or falls
- abrupt motion
- heavy lifting
2) Structural problems: These include:
- Ruptured discs
- Bulging discs
- Abnormal spinal curvatures
- Kidney conditions
- Poor body movement and posture
Some other medical problems that can result in back pain include cauda equina syndrome, spinal cancer or infection, other infections like a pelvic inflammatory disease, sleep disorders, and shingles.
What are the symptoms?
Back pain usually involves an ache or pain located in the back, which can also extend down to the buttocks and legs. Some back pain can affect other parts of the body depending on the nerve supply. Other symptoms to be aware of are:
- weight loss
- back swelling
- persistent back pain
- leg pain
- knee pain
- urinary incontinence
- fecal incontinence
- numbness in the genitals, buttocks or anus
How do you diagnose back pain?
Your Chiropractic doctor will make a diagnosis of your back pain by inquiring about your symptoms and performing a physical checkup. They may recommend imaging tests if the back pain is the result an injury. X-ray, MRI, or CT scans can give details regarding the condition of the soft tissues in the back. X-rays can allow doctors to see your bone alignment to check for signs of broken bones or arthritis, however, they cannot show harm in the spinal cord, muscles, nerves, or discs. MRI and CT scans expose herniated disks as well as problems with tendons, nerves, blood vessels, muscles, bones and other tissue.
Bone scans can find any tumors or fractures in cases of osteoporosis. Electromyography can confirm nerve compression by examining electrical impulses produced by nerves in cases of herniated discs or spinal stenosis. Your doctor may also ask for blood tests to rule out arthritis or infections.
How do you treat back pain?
Over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen can relieve back pain. Applying a hot/cold compress to your back also reduce pain. Resting after exercises help, but moving around also helps reduce muscle pain, stiffness, and weakness. Physical therapy using heat, ice, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation can also provide pain relief. If the pain improves, your physical therapist can start you on strength exercises to improve your back and abdominal muscles. Posture improvement can also help a great deal in prevention and treatment of back pain. In severe cases, cortisone epidural injections can be considered as a pain-relieving option.
Complementary treatments can also be used with conventional therapies or on their own. Acupuncture, and Chiropractic help reduce back pain and promote positivity and relaxation for faster healing. An Osteopath can help treat your underlying bone and muscle problems, while a Chiropractor can treat joint, muscle and bone issue as well. Furthermore, Acupuncture is a great way to relieve pain through natural and effective means, while yoga promotes meditation, stress relief, pain relief and body relaxation so that you can fix your back pain quickly and effectively.
How acupuncture helped Rebecca Carr overcome her back pain
Rebecca suffered lower back pain for many years. Her pain was debilitating, to the point that she was unable to lie on her left side, and she couldn’t sleep. After her first acupuncture treatment, however, Rebecca felt instantly better! She no longer faced any pain or sleep problems, and slowly got back to sitting and standing normally with each new treatment she took. After her fourth treatment, she was pain-free! Rebecca takes preventative acupuncture every three months now and feels great both physically and mentally.
So, what are you waiting for? If you want to follow Rebecca towards physical and mental improvement, contact Pillars of Wellness now to fix your back pain using other modalities such as yoga, homeopathy, acupuncture, physiotherapy, chiropractic and much more! We are conveniently located in Burlington, Aldershot.
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