Truth #6: There are effective ways to manage your back pain
The first step to managing back pain is determining what’s causing it. If you experience back pain that’s bad enough to keep you from you normal activities, you should seek advice from your health care provider. It could be as simple as a muscle strain or as serious as a bulging disc, but you won’t know for sure unless you see a doctor. After you know what you’re dealing with, you can create a pain management plan that works for you.
You may need to manage your pain temporarily with steroid injections, anti inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants. Your healthcare team may also ask that you limit activity for a period of time or put you on bed rest. The best long-term goal is building back your strength with physical therapy. For many people living with back pain, physical therapy provides the best results for long-term health and wellness.
The one thing chronic back pain patients know is consistency is key when managing pain. Even if you have to adjust your plan, you have to stick to it. For most people who live with back pain, the equation includes maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a good diet and a realistic exercise routine.
Since back pain comes with good days and bad days, you need to make the most of the good days. It helps if you can learn to anticipate things that trigger your back pain, so you can avoid activities that cause you pain. Unfortunately that tends to be something you learn through trial and error. One day you may overdo it and then you’re stuck in bed for a few days. If you don’t know exactly what it was that caused your setback, keep a pain journal.
In time, you’ll know what you can do, what you can do with modifications and what you need to avoid to live your best pain-free life.
Truth #7: Core exercises can provide you with some relief
It may be challenging to be physically active when you’re experiencing back pain, but working out can help in the long run. Check out these recommended exercises from UC San Diego Health:
Truth #8: It’s important to maintain a healthy weight
While maintaining a healthy weight can’t prevent back pain, it can certainly lower your risk. When you’re overweight, that weight can put added stress on your back and spine. Regular exercise and eating a nutrient dense, whole food plant-based diet can help you to maintain a healthy weight.
Truth #9: You may need to consider steroid injections for chronic back pain
If you’re experiencing chronic back pain, talk to your health care team about steroid injections. This outpatient procedure is interventional and is performed on patients with chronic back pain. Patients feel results in about five days.
Learn more about this procedure here:
Truth #10: You can take your first step toward back pain relief today
Yes, it may be overwhelming. And yes, you may go through several treatment plans, several workout routines, several medications and several frustrations as you find the best ways to treat your back pain. But there are a plethora of tools and resources at your fingertips as well as lifestyle changes you begin making today to help get you on the path to a pain-free life. What step will you take today?
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