Lower back pain is a common problem that affects a large majority of American adults. Each year millions of people see a doctor for lower back pain treatment.
Back pain can start suddenly and last for weeks. Lower back pain causes are typically, previously diagnosed conditions like arthritis, ruptured disks, osteoporosis, and skeletal irregularities. However, even a minor pulled muscle can cause unwanted lower back pain. The participating physicians at the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center offer treatment options for various types of spine conditions including low back pain.
If you are dealing with chronic lower back pain, your doctor may prescribe medication. Nevertheless, for those of you who prefer alternatives to prescription medication, there are plenty of home remedies to try first. It is important to note, be sure to consult a physician before starting an exercise program, yoga or strength training. Sometimes these exercises can aggravate a spine condition and make it worse.
Did you know that a vitamin D deficiency could be the cause of your lower back pain? Getting the recommended amount of supplements like Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids is key to managing and minimizing your lower back pain. To increase your intake of these vitamins you can eat more oily fish like salmon and drink plenty of milk. If neither of these sounds appetizing, talk more with your doctor about tips on purchasing the correct vitamin supplements.
Dealing with stress? Stress sends signals through the body that cause the muscles to tense up. This is known as the fight or flight response. Calm the mind by meditating or try deep breathing exercises. Not only will your back feel better, but your mind will too!
Another option for dealing with stress is to talk about it with others who are experiencing the same issues, or participate in cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches how to change negative thoughts and behaviors. By learning to control your thoughts and behaviors, and have a more positive outlook, you can help alleviate stress and hopefully minimize your lower back pain.
Yoga is a practice of meditation, breathing, and body postures. It is the perfect way to practice multiple treatments all at once. Simple poses that involve body twists, minor back bends, or even forward folds (i.e. touching your toes) can give your back that good stretch it craves.
If Yoga isn’t your thing, other strength training practices might do the trick. Talk to a trainer at your local gym and ask them to show you safe weight lifting exercises to help strengthen your lower back.
Another way to practice strengthening exercises is aquatic therapy. Instead of using dumbbells, aquatic therapy uses the resistance of water. The buoyancy of water makes daily tasks like standing or walking less painful for those experiencing lower back pain.
The participating physicians at the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center are actively involved in helping patients recover from spinal conditions and disorders using surgery as a last resort. If you are someone you know if suffering from low back pain, call us today and get on the road to getting your pain under control.
Disclaimer: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of THSOC. Individual results vary so visit with your physician.