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Pain Management Methods and Techniques That May Ease Your Chronic Back Pain

Anywhere from 70 to 85 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. While it’s usually a temporary inconvenience, there are times when aches and pains become a persistent annoyance. If your discomfort has been sticking around for three to six months or longer, it may be time to consider potential sources of pain management.

Natural Pain Medications

Some traditional pain medications, especially opiate painkillers, present certain risks when used for extended periods of time. An alternative form of medical pain management worth considering is natural botanical pain medication. Made with natural botanical compounds, these medications provide similar relief from pain and inflammation in a way that’s gentler and safer.

Find Relief from Chronic Back Pain with These Pain Management Methods

Chiropractic Care

Manual chiropractic manipulations may provide relief for persistent back pain. With chronic low back pain, in particular, certain adjustments may ease nerve root pressure from a herniated disc. Similar relief may be experienced with disc herniation affecting the cervical spine, or neck. It’s believed chiropractic care is effective, in part, because manipulations stimulate the production of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relieving hormones.

Passive and Active Physical Therapy

Prolonged bed rest can do more harm than good for chronic back pain sufferers. Some type of physical therapy is usually needed to increase circulation and strengthen spine-supporting muscles. PT for pain management can be either passive or active. Passive PT refers to techniques done to a patient without the need for active participation, such as the application of heat or ice to the affected area and massage therapy.

Muscle strength may be restored or retained with active physical therapy, referring to techniques requiring patient participation. Active PT often includes a customized exercise plan tailored to a patient’s specific needs and capabilities. For patients unable to fully participate in traditional PT, modifications and water-based exercises may provide similar results with less pressure on bones and joints.

Exercises recommended as part of a physical therapy program may include core strengthening exercises targeting muscle groups directly or indirectly supporting the spine. It also involves range-of-motion exercises like head-to-neck bends, shoulder rotations, and knee-to-chest lifts. Experts would also recommend home-based exercises that can be performed between sessions, such as casual walking or basic stretches.

The key to successful pain management is achieving an accurate diagnosis for the primary source of your chronic back pain. Common causes include disc herniation, injury, and age-related degeneration. Due to the complex nature of chronic pain, you are more likely to benefit from a combination of the pain management methods and techniques available from Superior Healthcare and a customized treatment plan based on your experiences with chronic pain and your goals.

Sources:

Facts on Chronic Pain, mtsu.edu
Back Pain Treatment, webmd.com