Day in the Life with Back Pain

Day in the Life with Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common causes of disability in the world, with approximately eighty percent of people experiencing an issue at some point in their lives. Thankfully, most instances are relatively minor. It may take a few days but back pain will usually subside and allow people to return to their regular day to day lives.

However, it is worth noting that many of the things people think they know about treatment could, in fact, make the condition much worse. For instance, too much rest can lead to immobilization. Most doctors recommend light exercise and movement, which will help strengthen the core muscles and prevent more back issues in the future.

Meanwhile, tests like MRIs and x-rays are expensive and often unnecessary. Painkillers can be little better than placebos, at least in the sense that they don’t address the root cause of the problem. Medication is prescribed because it makes people feel like they’re receiving treatment, even if that treatment is not terribly effective.   

“Medication is often the first approach because that’s what’s available and patients don’t want to leave a clinical encounter without something,” explained Jason Busse, an associate professor and pain researcher at McMaster University.

Thankfully, there are holistic treatment alternatives. Massage therapy, acupuncture, and medical cannabis have all been shown to reduce back pain and are worth considering if you’ve been struggling. It may take some trial and error because people have different responses to different forms of treatment but if you can find an approach that works for you it will make things easier in the long run. That will give you some valuable peace of mind whether you’re at work, out with friends, or at home with your family.

Of course, that advice may not be sufficient in more severe cases. Back pain is a cause for concern if follows a traumatic injury or if it’s accompanied by other symptoms like numbness. In these cases, it may require a more dedicated treatment plan than something like a tweaked muscle. For many people, back pain can be debilitating, to the point that it becomes nearly impossible to stick to a normal schedule.   

If that’s the case, you’ll need to consult with a doctor to gain a better understanding of the problem and develop a proper treatment plan. You should also listen to your body to make sure you don’t push yourself past your limits. If you have private or workplace insurance, you may have the option to file a disability claim if your back pain is affecting your performance at work. The attorneys at Share Lawyers are always happy to answer any questions if you want to discuss your options.

In the meantime, there’s no need to let back pain determine the scope of your life. Back pain is frequently associated with an inactive lifestyle, so finding ways to get up and move around will help you recover from back pain more quickly while addressing its initial cause!

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