If you think having a minor ache or pain in your back is bad, imagine what it would be like to experience that same pain every day for an indefinite amount of time. Sadly, this is a reality all too many people face. Chronic back pain affects millions of Americans each year, and the reasons why it happens vary among patients. Sometimes an injury sustained in a fall or auto accident is the cause for chronic back pain. For others, a health condition such as arthritis or fibromyalgia can cause it. If you want to prevent yourself from having to deal with this potentially debilitating health issue (and you definitely do), you’ll want to get started on an effective treatment plan right away.
Don’t Waste Time
The instant you feel any sort of ache, pain, or discomfort in your back, focus on treating it immediately. It can be tempting to want to brush off the discomfort or simply ignore it and hope it goes away on its own. Sometimes, this will happen, but why take the risk? More often than not, it will only get worse with time if you do nothing to take care of the issue at hand. Start by immediately applying an ice pack to the affected area. This will reduce swelling and inflammation, which will make the recovery process faster and less painful. Ice also numbs the pain, which is always a good thing. A few hours after sustaining the injury, you can start using a heat pack. Heating pads will loosen up the blood vessels in the area and promote circulation, which can bring pain relief as it loosens the muscles and soft tissues.
As soon as you are able, make a trip to see your primary healthcare provider. He or she can get a better look at your back and help you determine the best course of treatment. They may prescribe medication, physical therapy, or even chiropractic care.
At The Joint Chiropractic clinics, chiropractors use natural manual manipulation techniques to provide safe and effective pain relief to a patient experiencing any sort of back pain or discomfort. Continuing to see a chiropractor even when your pain goes away is a great way to ensure you are better protected against future back problems. No appointments are necessary, so walk into your local clinic today to see what chiropractic care can do for you.
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