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  • Writer's picturePaul Villanueva

What To Do For Back Pain

The older you get the more you’ll begin to notice the pain in your back increase. Although most back pain comes from the result of an injury; some back pain can be treated by certain lifestyle adjustments. If you’ve been experiencing back pain and have been wondering what to do - here are some helpful tips.

Identify The Cause Of The Pain

The first step in figuring out what to do to help treat your back pain is to identify the cause of the pain. The source of some back pain can be from a previous injury, while other pain can be caused by your lifestyle choices.

Previous Injury

If you’ve been involved in a car accident or injury at work, you have to first figure out what is the cause of the pain. A “back injury” is a vague term that covers a wide range of back issues. We recommend visiting your Chiropractor in order to find out if it’s whiplash, a herniated disc, or a spinal cord injury.

Once a Chiropractor has helped you identify the issue, now comes the treatment. However, the type of treatment will depend on how long ago the injury happened. If your injury was recent and not that severe, you could just need rest. But, if you waited to get treated, and the injury was severe, it might require surgery; this depends on many factors.

Lifestyle Changes

Some back pain comes from the result of certain lifestyles. This can include being overweight, inactive, or even lifting heavy objects improperly. A way to identify if this is the cause of your pain is if you’ve never been in an accident or work injury, but you are experiencing back pain. Making simple changes can help alleviate your back pain, but first you’ll need to identify why you’re experiencing back pain.

We recommend locating the cause of your pain - is it in your lower back? Does it feel like a muscle? A pinched nerve? Do you feel any other pain in your body? Go down the list and identify where the pain is coming from. Afterwards, start making some lifestyle changes such as having proper posture, avoid sitting for long periods of time, or make it a point to be more active. Stretching can be very helpful and doesn’t take much energy to stretch from time to time.

Treating Back Pain

Most back injuries can be treated using home remedies; however, some back pain might need the help from a professional.

Home Remedies

If your back pain is not that severe you can first try using some home remedies. This can include trying holistic medicine, stress relievers, or home stretches. One mistake that people make is thinking by treating the symptoms you are treating the issue. However, if your pain comes from having improper posture, you might not feel relief until you fix your posture.

Help From A Professional

If you’ve tried different home remedies but you’re still experiencing back pain, it might be time to visit a Chiropractor. The longer you put off getting professional treatment for your back issues, the longer it will take to heal properly. Although, this can vary depending on the circumstances and condition.

Final Thought

The key for treating back pain is prevention, try to avoid doing things that will cause back injury such as lifting with your back instead of your legs; or, sitting for long periods of time. Some back pain can’t be avoided such as being involved in a car accident or an injury at work. You’re able to try home remedies, but we recommend scheduling and appointment with a professional Chiropractor for best results.

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