Proven Ways to treat back pain
Low back pain can be disabling. It's the number 1 cause of disability in the world. While we are learning more about it each year, there is still a lot of confusion on how you should manage it. Researchers are attempting to determine why different people respond to back pain in unique ways, and some patterns are beginning to emerge. Here are a few proven ways to obtain relief.
1) Exercise: Move more, move better. Any exercise can be beneficial but generally light, progressive exercise is almost always helpful with acute low back pain. Avoid the temptation to rest in bed. If uncertain, seek an opinion of a trained professional who can provide advice on safe ways to move.
2) Spinal Manipulation Therapy: About 50% of people will improve with spinal manipulation, also called adjustments, within 3 treatments for acute, non-specific low back pain. Different spines respond in biomechanically different ways to this treatment option. The take home message is that if this is going to be effective for a new episode of back pain for someone, the condition should quickly improve. For more chronic conditions, where low back pain has been ongoing beyond 3 months, most responders will benefit within 12 sessions. But it also means that if you don't respond to spinal manipulation, options such as soft tissue treatments, dry needling, rehabilitation and self management should be made available to you as an alternative.
3) Expert advice is often worthwhile. Experts can help educate you on home management strategies, analgesic medication or avoidance thereof, application of heat or ice, stretching, imaging and a whole host of other useful information, including when the condition needs more appropriate management. Furthermore, with so much conflicting information on the subject, it's best to get advice of someone who stays up to date and can sort out the best information to help you safely recover. For example, until recently paracetamol was suggested for acute low back pain. However, this year we found out that it's best to avoid paracetamol for acute low back pain!
At Sports and Spine, we provide each of these treatment options to our patients. Not only do we use soft tissue treatments, dry needling, corrective exercise and spinal manipulation...but we stay very up to date with recent research findings so that the advice you receive is current. You are in good hands here.