Your back is causing you some serious discomfort, and it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. You have talked about it with friends, family, and even co-workers. It’s now to the point where your daily activities are inhibited because you can’t do anything without being uncomfortable.
If that sounds like you, you are among the majority of people, 80% of the world’s population, in fact, that will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
Out of that percentage, statistics show that pain in the back is the leading reason for people to become disabled and stop doing what they would typically do, including going to work. After experiencing excruciating pain for so long, you might be ready to do whatever it’s going to take to make it go away.
You’ve probably heard of some people getting surgery on their back because of chronic pain. Sometimes it works, and other times it doesn’t. If that’s not a risk you’re willing to take, just yet anyway, explore some of the alternatives for dealing with chronic back pain including finding a chiropractor in your area.
Your Chronic Back Pain Symptoms Understood
There is a wide range of symptoms and back pain levels that can arise at any given time. Your back is a complex machine. It’s where you have a plethora of nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles that all work together allowing you to move.
Your back is also the responsible party when it comes to giving your body strength, support, and flexibility. While most of the time it does the job without much issue, all the pressure and everyday wear and tear you put on your body can really take its toll, especially as you age.
Some of your back pain symptoms that start bothering you aren’t too much to be concerned about. For many people, a backache will go away on its own after a few days or weeks, depending on how severe the initial problem was. For others, the backache shows up, and it doesn’t go away. That’s what is called chronic back pain.
Everyone will feel back pain symptoms differently, but some of the most common include:
- Pain that travels to the buttocks, feet, and legs
- Aching or dull pain
- Pain that gets worse as you sit
- Pain that is relieved by changing positions
- Pain that is worse in the morning that gets better with movements
When this pain goes away after a short period, it’s what is referred to as acute pain. However, when it sticks around for three months or longer, even if it comes and goes at different times, professionals consider it to be a chronic back problem. Not only is painful, but it can be incredibly frustrating. Surgery is scary, especially when it’s not always guaranteed to take care of the problem.
There is not much evidence out there right now that proves that is beneficial to the patients who seek it out. Also, it goes without saying after the procedure is performed, an individual can be down and recovering for several weeks to months after. At times, they never regain full mobility or flexibility.
How to Treat Back Pain Naturally
The first step of your treatment plan for chronic back pain should be discovering the least invasive methods. More and more individuals are seeking out non-conventional forms of medical care now, especially since millions of individuals living with chronic pain are losing their opioid medications due to opioid hysteria.
Here are some choices when it comes to natural back pain relief:
- Morning heat therapy
- Regular massages
- Changing your mattress
- Hot baths
- Better posture practices
- Losing weight
- Herbal remedies
Start implementing one, some, or all of these into your daily and weekly rituals, and you should start to feel at least some relief after just a short time. Eventually, the goal is to get enough pain relief that you can return to your normal daily activities without getting surgery!
What Can a Chiropractor Do for Chronic Back Pain?
If you’ve never been to see a chiropractor before, you might be a little uneasy about what happens there. You’ve seen the snaps, crackles, and pops that they are capable of inflicting on people through your television screen, and it looks painful. However, chiropractic doctors do so much more than just “crack your back”.
Qualified professionals are capable of providing you with a treatment plan, not only for your chronic back pain, but for your overall health and wellness. If your back is out of alignment, your chiropractor will perform some manual adjustments. Part of what they are doing is designed to reduce inflammation and muscle tension, which is likely the source of your chronic back pain.
When you find a chiropractor near you, you will start by getting a complete physical examination as your chiropractic doctor is working to not only give you relief from pain but also prevent the issue from coming back. If there are X-rays, scans, or lab work required, they can order that, just like you would have done at your family physician’s office.
It may take several visits to get the complete spinal manipulation done, but your chiropractor will continue to work closely with you to determine if what they are doing is providing you with results. If it isn’t, the plan can be altered until you do get relief from back pain without having to go under the knife.
Back Pain Management Techniques to Keep Your Back Healthy
After you finally get back to your usual self, you want to be sure that you stay that way. You can be confident that your chronic back pain isn’t going to come back by practicing some of the following techniques:
- Stretch before physical activity or exercise
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Eat healthily
- Don’t lift objects that are too heavy
- Lift with the knees, not your back
- Quit smoking
Your chiropractic doctor will talk with you about all of these practices and suggest other activities that will work for your individual situation. Rest assured that he or she is going to do everything they can for you to keep you off the operating table.
Chiropractors also know when your only option is to see a medical doctor, and they will let you know if your chronic back problem has reached a point that you should get an evaluation.
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About Dr. Brent Wells
Dr. Brent Wells is a graduate of the University of Nevada, where he earned his bachelor’s of science degree before moving on to complete his doctorate from Western States Chiropractic College. He founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska in 1998.
He became passionate about being in the chiropractic field after his own experiences with hurried, unprofessional healthcare providers. The goal for Dr. Wells is to treat his patients with care and compassion while providing them with a better quality of life through his professional treatment.
Dr. Wells is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians. He continues his education to remain active and updated in all studies related to neurology, physical rehab, biomechanics, spine conditions, brain injury trauma, and more.