Too often a person with chronic back pain withdraws from many activities they formerly enjoyed in life. It may limit the jobs available to them. It may keep them from participating in activities with family and friends. They may feel they have to give up sports they previously were active in. All these things diminish a person’s enjoyment of life. Don’t let back pain do this to you. There are measures you can take to regain your ability to lead an active life. This article will give you some tips to get you started.
Talk over your condition with your doctor, giving as much information as possible as to when and why you experience back pain. Think about what precedes the pain. Is it worse when you get up in the morning? or when you have spent 8 hours sitting at your desk at work? Are there particular things that trigger your back pain? Knowing these things will help your doctor diagnose the causes and find ways to help relieve your back pain. Pain medications can bring welcome temporary relief. But actions are needed to bring your back pain under control.
Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy. If so, embrace these therapeutic exercises. Do them diligently at home as well. They can be the key to saying goodbye forever to lower back pain. Exercises will strengthen the muscles that help support the spine, taking pressure off your sagging spine and helping it to straighten. You will also be given some stretching exercises that will help straighten your back and relieve the pain-causing pressure. Lose any extra weight you have taken on, especially in the stomach and abdominal region. Walking can help your condition. Swimming is another low impact exercise to increase your fitness. But you should avoid high impact exercise such as running or jogging.
As you find relief through the steps described above, you will be able to cut back on pain medications, or even eliminate them. Pain medications are known to cause liver damage if used over time, so you will want to avoid their prolonged use. Decreasing the stress level in your life through meditation and relaxation techniques can also help diminish back pain.
To solve a problem you need to focus your attention on it. Back problems often develop unnoticed because they develop gradually. You gained that extra weight and quit exercising over a period of time. The pressures that built up on your back weren’t noticed until they produced serious pain. To understand what has been producing your back pain, it is smart to keep a journal. Write down what you were doing right before a serious onslaught of pain. Keep track of improvements in your activity level as you strengthen your muscles and fitness. This knowledge will make you aware of what to avoid and what measures will help. Changing a few habits, such as sitting in a chair with poor back support while you watch television, is a small price to pay to overcome chronic back pain.
Follow the steps outlined here to make a good start in solving your back pain problem. Keep up the good measures, and you can find long term relief from disabling back pain.