How to Manage Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain

If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days. There are several things to consider to help alleviate suffering from low back pain. The following is a list of things that can help you.

Exercise

Staying physically active is an important treatment option for lower back pain. While it may seem counterintuitive to move when you are in pain, keeping your muscles strong and engaged can be the key to a healthy back. Focus on stretches and core work, but don’t forget low-impact cardiovascular exercises such as biking, swimming, and hiking.

Dietary changes

Although it may not work as quickly as medication for lower back pain, eating a healthy diet full of anti-inflammatory foods can make a tremendous difference in treating chronic back pain. Adding these foods while eliminating common inflammation-causing foods like sugar, wheat, and dairy can help you manage pain.

Weight management

The more weight we carry on our bodies, the more stress there is on our joints. Maintaining a healthy weight with diet and exercise can be an important part of treatment for back pain, especially in cases where back pain is due to compression injuries such as herniated discs or inflammation caused by spinal stenosis.

Complementary conservative medicine

Acupuncture is gaining traction as an effective treatment for low back pain. Chiropractic care can also be an excellent first-line treatment that minimizes the chance of spinal surgery in the future. Mindfulness meditation and biofeedback have both been shown to diminish the perception of pain. All of these treatments are nearly side-effect free, and many are now covered by insurance.

 

Interventional pain management

 

Finally, if your pain doesn’t respond to medication for lower back pain or these complementary approaches, you could try more targeted therapies for resolving your back pain. This will involve identifying the underlying causes of your back pain and finding a therapy that can work to resolve or treat the symptoms of your pain. Once a correct diagnosis is made, your doctor may recommend any of the following therapies:
• Epidural steroid injections
• Lumbar facet block
• Lysis of adhesions
• Percutaneous discectomy
• Radiofrequency ablation
• Spinal cord stimulation
• Surgery

For more information please schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified physicians. Call Valley Pain Centers 602-795-0207.

Author
Dr Roger Walker Dr. Walker is originally from San Diego, CA and has been practicing in the Valley for over 25 years. He received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado and his Doctorate from Southern California University of Health Sciences. Dr Walker is licensed and Certified in Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUAC) and Fellowship trained in Clinical Acupuncture.

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