It's an unfortunate fact that back, neck, and sciatica pain has become a common occurrence in today's society. Even though it is something that's widely known about, it can still be a big shock to people who are experiencing it. And it doesn't matter if the pain is minor, major, or chronic, it can be very difficult to find useful information about how to handle this pain!
The amount of useful information available to back pain sufferers, both on the internet and elsewhere, is surprisingly small, and it can often be difficult to understand as well. It's not hard at all for people to be quickly overwhelmed by the uncertainty, confusing terminology, and bad advice that's out there.
All of that information regarding back pain can quickly become very overwhelming, which can make it difficult to understand or make any decisions. When that happens it's important to remember to just take a step back, breathe deeply, and start again. For anyone suffering with back, neck, or sciatica pain, whether it's a long-term condition or a recent case, the following tips can be very beneficial to approaching and eliminating your pain:
- Act sooner rather than later
Just like most other diseases, back pain doesn't improve with waiting. You don't have to have money or even a doctor to get started on the right track, though! Some ways to act quickly on your back pain include finding a doctor (see #2), finding gentle exercises that relieve your back (see #3), and continuing to learn about why your pain might have happened.
- Get a complete team on your side
An ideal complete rehabilitation for a back pain patient might include a medical doctor, a physical therapist, a chiropractor, and possibly more. Breaking the cycle of pain requires retraining, and there isn't one fix that will solve your complicated pathology in a day.
- Find comfortable movement activities
Bodies are meant to be moved, and generally, inactivity makes muscles and bones unhappy. Much pain is related to failure to use the body properly, and special core exercises are one way to start approaching this. By all means, rest is important, but in order to relieve your back pain for now and in the long run, you'll need to find ways to move your back so that it can get important blood flow, nutrition, relaxation, and stabilization it needs.
- Focus on your plan, not your problem
MRIs and X-rays are important tools, but in the end, they're just pictures. It's easy to get bogged down by labels and discouraged by diagnoses, but what matters much more is focusing on your goals. If you're preoccupied with your pain and it's causing you to have difficulty being motivated to work toward solutions and changes, talk with your doctor about a counseling referral.
- Be open to non-surgical treatments and possibly lifestyle changes
A change in your lifestyle is necessary, because if you don't change your bad habits the back pain will most likely not go away, and if it does it will just come right back again. Surgery may seem like a quick fix to some, and a last resort to others. But considering that surgery has a high failure rate when it comes to relieving back pain, it makes sense to try safer and non-invasive treatments first.
At the Illinois Back Institute we strive to educate everyone as much as possible about their back pain and sciatica, because it is proven that the more people know about their problem the more likely they are to eliminate it!
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