Your aching back, if normal, will probably heal within four weeks. If you do not feel relief within three months, however, you probably are experiencing chronic back pain.
Chronic back pain can have several causes. Cases of chronic back pain have been found to have their roots in physical problems that range from serious to very serious. Sometimes surgery is the answer. For others, surgery may not bring relief. Some cases of chronic back pain are irreversible, even with surgery. Whatever your case, you want to learn effective ways of reducing your pain, and maintaining it at minimal levels.
Chronic Back Pain: Spelling Out Relief
These ABCs will help you spell out relief on your own.
1. You will want to exercise all of your body’s muscles carefully, helping them stretch and increase strength. Include your back muscles, but work carefully and slowly. As you increase the health and strength of your muscles, your entire body will be better equipped to reduce your chronic back pain. As each muscle becomes more relaxed, you lessen the stress and added pressure on your damaged back, reducing the pain you felt. Muscles that are consistently stretched and toned are your offense against the feelings of pain. These positive steps should make the pain less intense.
2. You will want to avoid activities that agitate your chronic back pain. Actions such as lifting and carrying heavy items may cause further damage to the back area. There are proper techniques for both actions, whether your back is painful or pain-free. Learn them and use them. You will reduce the risk of causing further damage with potentially more serious complications.
3. You will want to aggressively fight off depression. Chronic back pain is often accompanied by depression. You probably know that the longer you live in constant pain, the more you are likely to feel down. Your movements are restricted, as is your participation in life’s activities. The pain becomes emotional as well as physical. You may want to ask your doctor about prescription medications for this problem. More importantly, work to find things that cause you to laugh. Read an amusing book. Watch easy-going, comical television shows.
Above all, take your chronic back pain problem to a good physician, and follow his or her advice. Physicians have many ways to reduce and control both the intensity of your pain and its frequency.