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There are many potential reasons why your back pain is lingering or may not be going away. Based on my 15 years experience working with patients with lower back pain, here are my top 5 reasons.
1. Not removing the mechanism that caused it (or is causing it) in the first place.
- If you have a thorn in your foot that’s causing foot pain, the best solution is to remove the thorn. In the case with lower back pain, it’s not always so simple to know WHAT is causing the pain. But much too often, people will seek a quick fix before finding the root cause. Many of these quick fixes like pills, drugs, and injections only mask the symptoms and do not address the root cause. They are not only temporary in most cases but also potentially very harmful. There are noted deaths recorded by those who have used drugs such as Bextra, Vioxx, and other drugs. Do not always go for the quick fix. In special circumstances, where the inflammation is high, a drug or injection might be indicated. However in most cases, it’s best to determine the cause of your problem. The cause is not as simple as “a thorn in the foot” but for physical therapists, who specialize in spine related disorders, the solution can be as quick as removing the thorn.
- There’s almost always something that’s causing back pain. It’s true that sometimes it could be stemming from a tumor or congenital situation, but even then it’s important to find out what the mechanism. That way you can address it accordingly.
- BEWARE: Many of the Pills, drugs, and injections only mask the symptoms and are typically only temporary. They can also be harmful to the body as well.
2. Not knowing WHAT to do to relieve it.
- You can’t always believe everything you read, or hear on the internet or even your doctor. The body’s a very complex structure and it’s not always easy to figure out what’s causing your pain. Unless a comprehensive examination is performed, the solution isn’t always apparent. There are over 30 things that can cause lower back pain. Finding out which one is causing your problem is the fastest way to a quick recovery.
- IMPORTANT: Get several opinions. Don’t ever take one person’s opinion on what might be going on with your back. Physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, neurologists, naturopaths and osteopaths are all well trained in examining the spine.
3. Ignoring it.
- Our lives can get very busy. Sometimes making it easy to ignore lower back pain. In some cases, the pain will subside on it’s own. But it’s important to know that PAIN is a way in which your body is trying to tell you something. It’s a natural warning system. It’s trying to tell you that something is WRONG. Don’t ignore it. Even if the pain subsides, it doesn’t always mean that the problem has gone away. It’s important to seek professional advice, even in minor situations, since remnants of an injury, or imbalance, or damage can remain for years or become permanent. In many cases, the back pain will return. And typically it will be much more intense or serious.
- WARNING: Lower back pain typically gets worse if not treated with a permanent solution that addresses the root cause.
4. Getting the wrong kind of help.
- It’s tempting to get a quick fix when suffering with a miserable pain. But most of the quick fixes are temporary and potentially dangerous. Not too many options actually promote true healing. The 830laser is one, that is quick and permanent, but most are not. Learn more at 830laser.com. You can also find a provider near you at the site.
- SUGGESTION: I recommend seeking the advice of a physical therapist. They seem the most well trained in determining what causes lower back pain. And they have a variety of solutions that are affordable, long-lasting, and that will fit your schedule.
5. Not seeking care from a professional. Not all back pain goes away on it’s own.
- We live in the age of information, internet, and DIY (Do-It-Yourself). There are a lot of tips and tricks and solutions touted on the internet. I’m all for people trying to fix things on their own. I too like to go to home depot and peek at the engine of my own car when something is wrong. But the problem with lower back pain is that you can make it worse if attempting the wrong solution. Trust me, I’ve seen them. Some end up requiring surgery because they were too stubborn to get help earlier on.
- If your car started acting up, wouldn’t you take it to a mechanic? Well, your body is not as simple as an automobile. It’s much more complicated AND much more important. Save yourself time, energy, money, and suffering. Go see a professional today.
- “It’s not affordable to see a ______________!” Most people think that it’s expensive to see a doctor or physical therapist when in actuality it’s not. Depending on the complexity of your condition, it can cost as low as $49 to $99 per session. Most see significant improvement their very first session. And are done after only 6 sessions. Patients seem to love the care they get by physical therapists and the results are much more lasting then other types of treatments. Some facilities also offer payment plans and financial hardship discounts. Just inquire when you call.
- Not knowing who to go to. Or having to wait too long when needing immediate pain relief. A good way to find the right person to go to isn’t necessarily asking your neighbor (or your family or friends). This method can sometimes lead you to the right place but there are more effective methods nowadays.
RECOMMENDATION: Here is the best method I recommend…
- Search online for “Physical Therapist”
- Call and ask them the following questions:
- Do you specialize in lower back pain?
- What’s the name of the person who specializes in it and have they published any articles on the subject?
- How many sessions typically does it take to resolve lower back pain?
- How much will it cost?
You should choose the place where someone specializes in lower back pain, and has written some articles on the subject. It shouldn’t take long for them to resolve most lower back problems unless they see some difficult cases. But the cost should range between $49-$99 per session with only 6-12 sessions at most.
Also pay particular attention to the manner in which the person on the phone speaks to you. Do they sound rude or uncaring? Do they appear too busy or are they short with you? Avoid such places. If the person on the phone is not professional and caring, it’s a sign that the rest of the staff may not be too. You should NOT go there.
Well I hope this guide helps you in your road to stopping lower back pain. For more information, go to http://lowbackpainfree.com. You can also search a directory of the best physical therapists specializing in lower back pain there. Good luck!
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