Whether it was brought on by an injury, or there is no reason for pain – learn how to cope with these strategies.
Chronic back pain. Perhaps one of the least common, yet most aggravating condition. Chronic back pain and general back pain are two different conditions. General back pain normally lasts anywhere up to 6 weeks and then it is healed, whereas chronic back pain will last at least 3 months.
There are 2 forms of chronic back pain: identifiable and non-identifiable.
Identifiable chronic back pain is pain that is derived from a known source, such as a previous injury. Unidentifiable chronic back pain is pain that is derived from what feels like nothing.
Identifiable Chronic Back Pain
Sometimes caused by spine conditions such as spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis, pain will be ongoing until that area is treated correctly. Identifiable chronic back pain is the better of the two to have because we know where the pain is coming from. If the conditions are not better after conservative treatment, your Doctor may advise you that a spine surgery is a viable treatment option for you.
Unidentifiable Chronic Back Pain
Often referred to as chronic benign pain because it derives for an unexplainable reason. One suggested reason that one may experience this is because of the nervous system. The nervous system has been known to send signals to an area of tissue that is healed and then misfires, thus creating the pain. In this condition, the pain itself is a disease, rather than a symptom of an injury.
How To Live With Chronic Back Pain
Guess what, you don’t have to! In recent years, researchers are learning how to deal with pain whether it be complete or partial pain relief. Your Spine and Back Doctor may be able to offer your significant options when it comes to chronic back pain remedies. Although, knowing how to stop chronic pain altogether may serve to be a mountain, some doctor’s may be able to climb it.
Pain management is used in a variety of ways to address pain separate from surgery. Pain management can:
- Help identify where a patient’s back pain is coming from
- Help identify areas to be addressed surgically
- Be used as an alternative to surgery
- Help patients after surgery with pain
- Assist in rehabilitation
Some forms of pain management may include medications, physical therapy or direct medications such as steroids. You may also try some of these forms of pain management on your own:
- Exercise. Increasing strength, flexibility and motion are keys to recovery. Some patients choose to go the route of water therapy, stretching exercises and aerobics.
- Behavior Modification. Relieve back pain by utilizing relaxation techniques to control muscle tension, blood pressure and heart rate.
- Heating & Cooling. Using cold packs and hot packs, you can reduce pain and swelling when this is mixed with exercise.
Have you been a long-time sufferer of chronic back pain? How do you deal? Feel free to leave comments or contact us and let us know what works for you.
If you are looking for a spine doctor, you can contact Dr. Thomas Mango here at Allied Bone and Joint at 574-247-4667.