15 Nov What You Should Know About Chronic Back Pain
And 11 Fantastic Tips You To Help You Manage It
Are you dealing with chronic back pain? The McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center are here to help relieve you from some of that suffering.
Lower back pain affects about 80% of adults and is the leading cause of missed work days. Chronic back pain can have a negative effect on your quality of life. You need to take the necessary steps forward to manage chronic back pain.80% of adults experience back pain at some point in their life #Wellness #Tips Click To Tweet
There are a number of methods that can be used to help you with chronic back pain. At Hendrick Wellness Center we want to provide our patients with the best non-invasive, non-drug pain management techniques.
The holistic approach our McAllen chiropractors take not only involves chiropractic care but lifestyle changes that can improve your condition.
What is chronic lower back pain?
Back pain is often classified as acute, subacute, or chronic. Pain is often labeled acute when it has been present up to 7 weeks since onset. Subacute is the label used when pain has been present for 7-12 weeks. Chronic pain is that which has been present longer than 12 weeks.
Our focus for today is on chronic back pain. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes defines it as “pain that persists for 12 weeks or longer, even after an initial injury or underlying cause of acute low back pain has been treated.”Chronic back pain lasts for 12 weeks or longer #GetHelp #HendrickWellnessCenter Click To Tweet
What causes chronic lower back pain?
Chronic back pain usually involves a major issue with the spine or other components that help with movement such as discs, muscles, joints, and nerves. Some of the common causes of chronic back pain include:
- Lumbar herniated disc: The lumbar disc can tear through its casing causing pain to the area and to nerve roots.
- Degenerative disc: Caused by aging, the rubber discs in the spine can deteriorate and lose their ability to cushion movement.
- Traumatic injuries: Injuries caused by falls, car accidents, or sporting accidents can result in discs ruptures, herniation, sprains, strains, and nerve irritation.
- Scoliosis: A degenerative disease, scoliosis causes curving of the spine, and as we age can begin to cause pain.
- Osteoarthritis: This degenerative joint disease causes pain and inflammation. This condition can cause compression fractures and becomes more common as we age.
11 Fantastic Tips to Help You Manage Chronic Back Pain
There are a wide range of treatments for back pain including chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, and medication. However, a change in lifestyle can help to reduce the pain and ideally prevent you from needing more significant forms of treatment.
Some tips and habits that can help you to better manage chronic back pain include:
- Notice positioning and activities that provoke the pain. Many times a repetitive flaw in your posture or positioning will contribute to low back pain. Check for slumping and imbalance in your activities. Ask your chiropractor for best positioning practices.
- Avoid extensive bedrest. In most cases, spending extensive time in bed will only worsen the pain. Try to perform your normal daily activities without pushing too far. Take breaks, but do not spend too much time lying down.
- Check your mattress and pillows. Replace lumpy or worn mattresses with supportive ones.
- Breathe deeply when pain comes: Don’t tense up when the pain begins to bother you. This will only cause you to concentrate on it rather than help you to alleviate it. Instead, practice heavy breathing techniques to reduce stress and to help your body overcome the suffering.
- Learn to meditate: Taking a course on meditation can help you learn how to relax your body when pain begins to kick in. Meditating is a way of learning how to make your body relax.
- Exercise: You might be afraid to get in a workout because of fear of hurting your back. But a bit of activity, such as walking, can often help to reduce the pain. Exercise has pain-reducing effects and can help to strengthen back muscles that are too weak. Just make sure to ask your chiropractor what the best exercises are for your specific condition– and which to avoid.
- Destress: Stress actually makes your body more susceptible to chronic pain. The same goes for emotions such as depression and anxiety. Instead, think positively and use the previously mentioned techniques such as meditation.
- Cut back on drinking: While you might feel like a nightcap helps to alleviate your chronic back pain, it’s the opposite that’s true. Alcohol reduces your ability to get a good night’s sleep which means less time letting your body heal and more night time pain.
- Slow down on smoking: Smoking affects blood flow circulation, increases the risk of osteoporosis, and limits your body’s ability to heal itself. All these things can contribute to disc degeneration.
- Maintain a healthy diet: The whole-body approach our McAllen chiropractors take helps you to understand how your entire lifestyle affects your body. A nutritious diet is an important key to back pain as it helps you to prevent weight gain that can further irritate chronic back pain. A good diet will also include plenty of vitamins such as vitamin D and calcium to help you with new bone growth.
- Learn biofeedback: Biofeedback involves teaching the body how to react optimally to chronic back pain by teaching the patient to control muscle tension, blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and more.
Our McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center are your #1 option when it comes to dealing with chronic back pain.
You don’t have to face chronic back pain alone.
Our experienced chiropractic doctors offer a friendly and warm environment on top of years of experience delivering services in a holistic approach for any of your lower back, neck, and spinal needs.