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Non-surgical Back Pain Treatments

Treating back pain is a significant, lengthy process that involves careful consideration and detail. Because the back and neck (the entire spine) are literally what hold your body in the upright position (standing or sitting), these parts of the human anatomy need close attention, care, and perfectionism when being treated. There are two types of treatments concerning neck and back pain:

  • Non-surgical
  • Surgical

Both categories have a number of more in-depth treatments categorized under them. Right now, we are going to discuss non-surgical treatment for the neck and back pain. These treatments are going to be the less severe approach to treating the pain. Keep in mind that just because these treatments are often more therapeutic than surgical treatments, it doesn’t mean that they are any less effective. Non-surgical treatments include:

Medications

Taking medications for back and neck pain is probably going to be the most common, initial form of treatment. From pain relievers (Tylenol) to anti-inflammatories (Ibuprofen), people tend to take these before even going to the doctor. It has become a sort of commonality to take pills before seeking out professional help. That being said, many times, people don’t know always know the difference between the pills they are taking, or even correct dosage to take. For example, if there is inflammation in the spinal column, it may be wise to take 3 200mg Ibuprofen 3 times a day to properly reduce any inflammation around the vertebrae. It’s always wise to see a physician for back and neck pain, even if it is simply for the correct dosage on medication, as professional advice and always better than a guess.

Injections

Injections are typically used as a more aggressive approach to treating inflammation. A Cortisone shot is an injection that is typically used in this situation. If you have inflammation in the spine, a physician may inject Cortisone into the affected area. This injection is a steroid used as a strong anti-inflammatory, which takes effect within a few days. Other steroid injections may be recommended by a physician depending on the severity of the pain and inflammation.

Physical Therapy

Often times with back pain issues, there is a nerve being compressed, causing pressure, discomfort, and severe pain. Physical therapy is a great attempt at relieving this pressure. Stretching, massaging, lifting weights, and even Yoga can be effective at helping your muscles become more elastic, allowing for better movement inside the body. The strength of your muscles is also a good way to prevent injuries that could affect the back and neck. These exercises are a great way to stay healthy, prevent back pain, and even heal existing back issues.

Psychological Support

As unrealistic as it may sound, having a good attitude and thinking positive about situations in life is healthy for you mentally and physically. Being optimistic about pain can actually help reduce the effects it is having on your personality, relationships, and overall demeanor. By staying positive, even with back pain, you prevent any adversity from encompassing your personal or professional life, leading to a healthier way of living and dealing with back and neck pain.

Become Pain Free can help you take on any back and neck pain issues with positivity and progress. These non-surgical treatments all work under certain circumstances, but you must first allow yourself to reach out for help. Call us as soon as you start experiencing back and neck pain, so we can help you and guide you back to living a healthy life and Become Pain Free once again.

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Posture and Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain is a miserable experience. Although some cases of neck pain are caused by an injury, many are simply due to poor posture. Poor posture stresses the muscles of the neck and can cause muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. Over time, the stresses of poor posture on the neck can cause degenerative diseases to develop in the discs and bones of the neck. Forward head A very commonly seen posture that puts a lot of strain on the neck is the forward head. The individual habitually thrusts the head forward, carrying it out in front of the shoulders. In this position, the weight of the head is constantly pulling on the spine and the shoulders. Sitting for hours hunched over a desk or a computer is a common cause of forward head. Many people with this habitual forward head carriage suffer from sore shoulders as well as a sore neck. Over time, the vertebrae at the base of the neck (C5 and C6) can develop painful degenerative conditions due to the constant weight of the head pulling on them in the forward head posture. Correct posture A correct posture is one that keeps the spine in alignment. Some people call it a neutral or balanced posture. One exercise to encourage a neutral posture is to focus on opening the chest wide as you try to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Once your chest is open, bring your head into alignment. Think of a string pulling up the top of your head and lengthening the neck. When you do this, your chin will tuck in and your head will naturally shift into proper alignment with your spine. Do the open chest/ string exercise multiple times a day. Other exercises to build better posture are head nods and chin tucks. To do a head nod, slowly nod your head slightly up and down without moving your neck. To do chin tucks, tip your nose down toward the ground and move the top of your head backwards. Repeat head nods and chin tucks several times a day. These exercises strengthen the muscles on the front of the neck. Individuals with habitual forward head posture usually have very weak muscles in the front of the neck. If you've worked hard at correcting your posture and you are still suffering from neck pain, why not give us a call?


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