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- On November 5, 2010
- az pain, AZ Pain Centers, back pain, chronic pain, chronic pain treatment, low back pain, pain treatment
Patents with subacute low back pain and/or a resulting disability that does not improve after three months are likely to become chronic low back pain sufferers, as are those with higher pain intensity or a higher kinesiophobia score, according to research published in the October issue of The Spine Journal.
If you are like most people, you will have at least one backache in your life. While such pain or discomfort can happen anywhere in your back, the most common area affected is your low back. This is because the low back supports most of your body’s weight.
Low back pain is the number two reason that Americans see their doctor — second only to colds and flus. Many back-related injuries happen at work. But you can change that. There are many things you can do to lower your chances of getting back pain.
You’ll usually first feel back pain just after you lift a heavy object, move suddenly, sit in one position for a long time, or have an injury or accident. But prior to that moment in time, the structures in your back may be losing strength or integrity.
A common misbelief about back pain is that you need to rest and avoid activity for a long time. In fact, bed rest is NOT recommended.
You may want to reduce your activity only for the first couple of days. Then, slowly start your usual activities after that. Do not perform activities that involve heavy lifting or twisting of your back for the first 6 weeks after the pain begins. After 2-3 weeks, you should gradually resume exercise.
- Begin with light cardiovascular training. Walking, riding a stationary bicycle, and swimming are great examples. Such aerobic activities can help blood flow to your back and promote healing. They also strengthen muscles in your stomach and back.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises are important in the long run. However, starting these exercises too soon after an injury can make your pain worse. A physical therapist can help you determine when to begin stretching and strengthening exercises and how to do so.
Bottom line, take care of yourself and your back! Don’t let low back pain sideline you. If your acute back pain has become a chronic condition, give us a call and let us help you. We treat patients daily with chronic back pain and see them hunched over when they walk into the office and standing tall, pain free, when they leave.