6 Surprising Causes of Back Pain nd Simple Steps for Relief

Severity of Acute Low Back Pain Predicts Development of Chronic Pain

Surprising Back Pain Causes, Cures Culprit No. 1: Your Fancy Office Chair Even an expensive, ergonomic chair can be bad for your back if you sit in it all day without a break. Sitting not only lessens blood flow to the discs that cushion your spine (wearing them out and stressing your back), but it puts 30 percent more pressure on the spine than standing or walking, says New York City chiropractor Todd Sinett, author of The Truth About Back Pain. Be sure to stretch at your desk and get up every hour to walk around. Don’t assume that built-in lumbar support makes your chair back-friendlyin fact, for many people, lumbar supports don’t make a bit of difference, especially if they aren’t positioned properly (at the base of your spine), says Heidi Prather, a physical-medicine and rehabilitation specialist and associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neurology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. No matter what type of chair you sit in, make sure your head is straight (not tilted down) when you’re typing or reading. Avoid slouching and adjust your seat so it tilts back slightly to help alleviate some of the load on your back, Sinett says. And keep your feet planted firmly on the floor. Surprising Back Pain Causes, Cures Culprit No.
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No position, sitting, standing or laying down was comfortable. Finally I went to a Chiropractor in 1980 and after 3 weeks of spinal manipulations thebackpainwent away. I waspainfree for many many years. About 4 years ago I started having the same type of lowerbackpains. Sharp stabbingpainsthat would almost make my legs collapse. I went to apainspecialist doctor, and he did a series of steroid injections in myback and thepainwent away for about 3 years. Last year, there were a chiropractor lot of severe thunder storms and high winds in our area, which caused a lot of trees and branches to fall down. Owning a fireplace, this was an opportune time tocollect a lot of free firewood. Well, the collection and processing of a lot of firewood caused mybackpainto comeback. I went to the samepain specialist and he tried several injectionprocedures but none of them worked this time. I was in agony when walking, sitting or laying down. In the morning, I had to use a walker to get to the bathroom because thepainwas so intense that I couldnt stand up and walk. I had to use the walker and my arm strength to take the stress off mylower spine to be able to go to the bathroom. One time, I had to crawl to the bathroom because I couldnt stand up. I couldnt takepainpills because they just made my tired and did nothing for thepain. I would cry out in severepainevery so often. [link] I applied for and received a Handicapped Parking Placard for my car. A little more than 2 weeks ago, I started seeing another Chiropractor. I was hoping he could do what a Chiropractor did for me in 1980. After one of the sessions with the Chiropractor, he took me into another room and put me on an inversion table. As soon as I was inverted, my lowerbackpainwent away. This confirmed the diagnosis that my L5 S1 joint was compressed (almost bone on bone) and this was pinching my sciatic nerve causing sharppainsto my lowerback,hips and legs. So now what do I do? Thepainspecialist injections dont work anymore.Painpills dont work. The Chiropractors spinal manipulations didnt do any good. I didnt want surgery. Then I saw an info commercial on TV demonstrating Dr. Hos Decompression belt. The process seemed logical to me, especially what happened to me on the inversion table. I decided to take a chance and order the belt system. I was desperate, being in constantpain, I had to try something different. After 2 days of using Dr.
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Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) treats back pain naturally: Research

This same group reported drastic improvements in quality of life compared to another group treated only with exercise-based rehab. “Oral treatment with alpha lipoic acid (ALA) and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) for six weeks in synergy with rehabilitation therapy improved neuropathic symptoms and deficits in patients with radicular neuropathy,” reported the authors from AMU’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit and Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences Departments. ALA also shown to help treat general lower back pain More recently, another study on ALA out of the University of Siena, also in Italy, found that the nutrient can help treat general lower back pain symptoms, regardless of their cause. A group of outpatients with varying lower back pain symptoms lasting longer than 12 weeks were given daily doses of ALA with much success. Somewhat similar to the earlier study, outpatients in this study were given a 60-day regimen of ALA at doses of 600 mg/day, in combination with doses of 140 international units (IU) per day of superoxide dismutase (SOD), a powerful antioxidant enzyme. Together, these two powerful nutrients led to a massive ninefold reduction in outpatients’s use of analgesics, or painkiller drugs. “[S]upplementation with alpha lipoic acid (600 mg/d) and superoxide dismutase (140 IU/d) for a period of 60 days was found to be associated with significantly reduced use of analgesics (8 percent of patients still used analgesics post-trial, as compared to 73.5 percent at baseline),” explains the study’s summary. “In addition, according to self-reporting tools, after 40 days of the intervention, perceived pain and functional disabilities significantly improved in a way that was both statistically and clinically significant.” ALA can also be administered intravenously for more potent results Chronic pain that results from any kind of nerve damage is admittedly very difficult to treat using conventional methods, primarily due to the fact that the actual source of pain may not appear to be at all related to where and how it is being manifested. But a 2010 study published in the Netherlands Journal of Medicine found that ALA , when injected, can help mitigate it. Compared to oral supplementation with ALA at the same dosage, daily injections of ALA at 600 mg were found to bring about noticeably positive results in patients with neuropathic pain.
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Treating back pain without surgery

Potential predictive factors were organized in four categories: demographic, physical, psychological and occupational. After six months, the results showed that baseline pain intensity was associated with a 12 percent higher risk for developing chronic low back pain and patient beliefs that pain would persist conveyed a 4 percent risk increase. After five years, baseline pain intensity yielded a 9 percent increased risk for chronic pain, while believing that pain would persist had increased the risk by 6 percent. The authors noted that their research confirms previous studies concluding that baseline pain intensity is a key predictor of future pain and disability. This study, however, is the first to demonstrate this association over a long period of time. Clinically, the study confirms that effective pain relief in the initial management of low-back pain has implications for long-term improvement. Also, patient beliefs that pain will persist a long time can predict progression to clinically significant low back pain independent of a wide range of other prognostic factors. About the American Pain Society Based in Chicago, the American Pain Society (APS) is a multidisciplinary community that brings together a diverse group of scientists, clinicians and other professionals to increase the knowledge of pain and transform public policy and clinical practice to reduce pain-related suffering. APS was founded in 1978 with 510 charter members.
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Back pain: ‘I was desperate, being in constant pain, I had to try something different’

If the pain doesnt get better using over-the-counter drugs, your provider may prescribe a muscle relaxant. Narcotics (e.g. codeine or hydrocodone) should only be used over a brief period of time to treat severe pain under close supervision by your health care provider. 3. Injections. If physical therapy and medication dont improve your condition, your health care provider may suggest an epidural injection of cortisone an anti-inflammatory medication. This helps decrease inflammation around the nerves in your spine, and the pain relief usually lasts a few months. You may also receive a facet joint injection. The facet joints can be a source of back pain.
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