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Chronic Back Pain: How to Treat It

Woman with back pain

If you consistently suffer from chronic back pain for longer than three months, you have chronic back pain. Not only can treatment seem scarce in this case, but dealing with the pain can sometimes be quite frustrating.

Despite what you might be thinking, chronic back pain is not something you need to learn to deal with. There are plenty of options for treating and managing such pain at home without requiring surgery. In this article, we will walk you through all of them.

Chronic Back Pain Treatment

Here are some non-surgical remedies that you can follow to treat and manage chronic back pain:

1.     Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is the first treatment you should opt for to deal with chronic back pain. The treatment, which includes various movements and exercises, should be tailored to your specific symptoms and conditions. Moreover, you should conduct this therapy under the supervision of a trained physical therapist.

2.     Mindfulness and Meditation

Chronic back pain puts a strain on your physical health and your mental and emotional health. This is why your physician may recommend relaxation strategies to help ease your mind and not focus too much on the pain. Such techniques include tai chi, yoga, meditation, and more.

3.     Following a Balanced Diet

Weight loss can significantly help with back pain because it reduces the pressure on the spine. Hence, you should consult with your doctor to figure out a balanced diet plan free of trans fats, sugars, and processed food. Shedding those extra pounds may help reduce your chronic back pain.

4.     Injection-Based Treatments

Injection-based treatments, such as nerve blocks, are excellent treatment options for chronic back pain. If other remedies and treatments don’t work, you can consider this one. It is also an excellent option if you already know your chronic back pain source. However, it is important to note that these are not long-term treatment options and should only be used to provide temporary relief.

5.     Make Lifestyle Modifications

When you have chronic back pain, it is important that you understand your limitations. You must listen to your body and respond to it. When you have back pain, avoid doing certain activities that may increase pressure on the spine and make the condition worse. Moreover, you should also practice good posture while sitting and sleeping properly.

6.     Quit Smoking

Nicotine is known to accentuate any type of pain and reduce the likelihood of healing. Additionally, it can even weaken your spinal bones and prevent your back from being flexible.  

Final Words

If none of these treatment options work well for you, it might be time to consider surgery. This can be a good option if there is a known cause of the pain. You can consult a provider from Health One Family Medicine who can recommend the most suitable treatment option.

To make an appointment with a Health One Family Medicine provider, visit https://www.healthonemedicine.com/ or call (469)262-5762.

 

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