Back pain is common in this day and age, but how people deal with it varies. If not dealt with correctly, the condition can be exacerbated to the point at which it causes a great deal of suffering. Knowing how to live through it and prevent it are the best weapons to combat the pain head on. Keep reading for advice on dealing with a bad back.
- If you’re suffering from pain in your back, the first thing you must do is see a doctor. A doctor will be able to tell you if you’ve sustained an injury, or if there is an underlying medical condition for your problem. Your doctor may refer you to a specialist, but once the root cause of your problem is determined, you’ll have a good idea of how to move forward and treat it.
- Don’t run right out and have surgery. You may want to see an orthopedic surgeon, but his recommendation is not likely to include surgical procedures if they can be avoided. If a physician does suggest that surgery is the only method for curing what ails you, get a second opinion before going under the knife. Lots of unnecessary surgeries are performed every year, and you don’t want to add to that number.
- If pain medication is prescribed to you to alleviate your suffering, make sure you’re aware of potential side effects; the trade-off may not be worth it. Have a discussion with your doctor about medications which aren’t likely to interfere with daily functioning or quality of life. The last thing you need is to to make an already painful situation more painful.
- Consider what you’re sleeping on. Not only do you need to get enough rest, but you also need to get quality rest. You can’t do that on a dilapidated mattress that you’ve had since college, which probably wasn’t new at that time either. Invest in a quality mattress that has your back interests in mind.
- Don’t engage in physical activities that will harm your back. This can be tough, because while you do need to get daily exercise, it can’t be the kind that will send you to the emergency room. You can’t run a marathon or engage in touch football with a bad back. Instead, exercise in small increments. Take multiple walks around the block and stretch several times a day. Use light weights to exercise your arms in the comfort of your own home. Be safe.
- Don’t ignore your back pain. Like anything else in life, ignoring the problem will not make it go away. Address it head on as you would any other problem, and you’re much more likely to beat it.
You don’t have to let back pain dictate how you live your life. Use the methods that have just been laid out for you to treat current pain and prevent it from occurring in the future. Now that you know a bit more about what you can do to control what happens, your back is in good hands.