Don’t let back pain dictate your day-to-day schedule. Find out how to treat your pain effectively.
According to the Global Burden of Disease, back pain is one of the most common causes of disability across the globe. This is a pretty startling and serious statistic. Chances are, if you are reading this post you are suffering from back pain and looking for a solution. Our San Antonio, TX pain management doctor, Dr. Prafulla Singh, is ready to provide you with a laundry list of ways to manage your back pain.
How our San Antonio physician treats your back pain will depend on your history, the cause of your pain and its severity, among other factors. That’s why it is important that you come into our office for a proper consultation before you decide on a treatment plan that works. You will be happy to hear that many back pain cases get better after around six weeks of treatment and rarely does a patient require surgery.
Here are some of the more conservative approaches to handling your back pain:
Give it a Rest
Especially if you have an injury or spinal irritation, it’s important that you avoid activities that could put additional strain on your back. While too much rest can actually weaken the muscles that are important for supporting your spine, those who regularly strength train are more likely to experience back pain, so it’s important to talk to our pain specialists about ways to stay active but also provide your back with the relief it needs to heal.
Heat or Ice Therapy
The choice of icing or heating your back is truly a personal one. Either one has been shown to be an effective measure for reducing inflammation and pain. Of course, many people prefer to ice achy, painful areas rather than apply heat, but you can also choose to use both.
Another way to reduce pain and swelling is to use an over-the-counter pain reliever or anti-inflammatory. If pain is severe we may prescribe a stronger painkiller. Just remember to always follow the instructions before taking these medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter.
Work it Out
While your back certainly needs a break, there are stretching exercises you can do to strengthen the muscles in your back to reduce pain and inflammation. We are happy to create a back-friendly exercise regime that will target these muscles and provide you with relief so that you can create a stronger and more flexible spine.
Pain Specialty Consultants in San Antonio, TX are here to alleviate your chronic pain. Turn to us and improve your quality of life and productivity. Don’t let pain get the final say!