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An old adage to low back pain: stay active

Doctors are inundated with patients with complaints of low back pain. The low back pain sufferers are looking for a cure-all, a must-fix remedy to miraculously get them back to their prior level of activity.

The injured start out seeking either emergent care, or going from specialist to another looking for the “cure” whether it is for sharp, shooting pain in the back region, or from pain down one of the legs.

Examples of care include emergency room care, chiropractic care, medicinal needs, physical therapy, acupuncture, spinal injections, and narcotics.

Most people do not like to take pills, including vitamins and supplements. Most try a limited course of treatment. This may be a few days of pain pills, short-term physical therapy, a few trials of home, self-taught exercises, or a new support pillow. This may provide little or short-term success.

Newspaper and magazine articles are abound nationwide on self-help remedies to low back pain. These include stretching, back supports, or alternative therapies such as Yoga or exercise techniques.

A great percentage of sufferers do very well with the examples of care given. Whether it is prescribed muscle relaxors, Williams flexion exercises, anti-inflammatory drugs or pain relieving pills. This is most successful with patients who are first time sufferers. The difficulty comes with the person who comes in after many strains, frequent bouts of immobility, or a cumulative effect to trauma &/or hard labor. These people have suffered, then recuperated, and then re-injure themselves later in life finally seek treatment after lack of success with traditional care. The thought of the symptoms of never going away like they had in the past can be a driving force to seeking the next level of care. Most come ready to commit to “the whole enchilada” and do well with this type of treatment. This can be either injectable medication, physical therapy, or dieting.

If the pain persists, the patient falls into a chronic level of pain. This failure to resolve symptoms quickly rests heavy on a patients’ mind. Sufferers and their family members become more concerned about their resolve. Many of those who continue to fail feel the result: chronic pain and dysfunction. This becomes the fact with repeated incomplete success to restore their prior condition.

If we go back and look at a persons’ initial injury, what likely occurred was a lack of movement afterwards, a fear of re-injury and immobility prevails. History repeats itself as those who carry on moving, fighting immobility, and return to the ‘game’ sooner than later have better results with minimal dysfunction.

Guess what? There is something to the articles written and advice given to stretching, exercise, alternative therapies such as Yoga, Pilates, or exercise classes / start-ups and to their success.

The key to low back pain is not immobility, but mobility. Whichever activity you choose, find success and enjoyment from it. This is true for strains, sprains, disc bulges, disc herniations, and surgeries. Physicians increasingly believe more patients can benefit from less invasive treatments and find success when the patient can get back to a regular exercise regime. Occasionally, this advice is to wear a back brace. Back braces have made a come back with an option to reduce severe, debilitating disc back pain with hopes to allow the patient to return to work and family duties by getting respite from the pain signals.

The newest back brace does not limit movement, but enhances it by unloading disc pressure while still allowing a normal range of motion. This type of brace is only to be worn for a few hours at a time as to give relief, but not as to weaken supporting abdominal muscles. One of the problems wearing back braces is enhancement of fear of movement. A person can rely on the stability it provides Vs returning to normal movement. This gain allows prior abdominal control, thereby decreasing low back pain and immobility. Movement is the key to maintaining healthy function.

If you need further information, please seek your medical professional. Remember, don’t hesitate, participate