Most adults will suffer from back pain at least once in their lifetime. There are many causes of back pain, whether chronic or acute. Back pain has various treatment options, which may or may not work for the same condition. Back pain can be effectively treated and managed uniquely for each symptom utilizing pain management strategies.
Back pain that persists for over 12 weeks is chronic and can be caused by muscle strains, herniated discs, arthritis, or underlying health conditions. Treating chronic back pain requires an interdisciplinary approach, addressing physical and emotional stressors. Knowing the mechanics and causes of back pain can help you regain mobility and strength while reducing muscle tension.
Strategies for Chronic Back Pain
Consult a Pain Management Specialist: Make an appointment with a healthcare professional, preferably an orthopedic or pain specialist, to begin your journey to pain relief. In addition to diagnosing the cause of your pain, they can design a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Physical Therapy: Physical therapy can effectively manage chronic back pain. A physical therapist can design a customized exercise program to strengthen your back, improve flexibility, and correct posture issues.
Gentle Exercise: Yoga, pilates, swimming, and breathing techniques can help manage chronic back pain. By promoting gentle strengthening and stretching exercises, back pain can gradually improve.
Spinal Injections and Medications: Working with a pain management specialist who understands the impact of spinal injections, nerve blocks, or anti-inflammatory medications can provide targeted pain relief.
In cases where conservative treatments fail to relieve pain or when a structural issue requires correction, surgery may be considered. The Spine Clinic of Oklahoma City provides comprehensive spine care for patients dealing with a wide range of spinal issues. Don't let chronic pain keep you from living an active life!
AUTHOR: Dr. Doug Beacham III, DO is a fellowshipped-trained, dual-board certified physician in the fields of Anesthesiology and Pain Management (American Board of Anesthesiology). He has practiced in Oklahoma since 2013, and currently serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Pain Society. Dr. Beacham is proud to offer Oklahomans the most advanced and effective techniques capable of treating a full spectrum of acute and chronic conditions.