If you suffer from persistent back pain, it may seem like there is no relief in sight. You suffer day in and day out. It has affected your home life, your job and even your sex life. Perhaps you’ve been to a doctor and he can’t find anything wrong with you. This is probably the worst thing that happens to us knowing something is wrong even when the doctor can’t find anything.
There may not be a permanent cure for your discomfort, but there are pain control or management programs that will help you deal with the situation. At one time, if you had this type of lingering pain, there wasn’t much hope for it. Not only were there not the tests the doctors have available to them today, but they often had no cures.
You were often told there wasn’t anything they could do about it and you just had to learn to live with it. Fortunately for all of us, a lot has advanced in the medical research department in learning about back disorders and developing treatment programs to help. Moreover, lasting back pain has at times been linked to depression and psychological problems.
Because of a severe backache, our daily lives are affected by physical limitations and lack of activity as well as depression, resulting in more psychological problems and more depression. When the psychological problems get worse, the overall pain gets worse and vice versa. It all becomes a cycle. With the help of system of medically supervised management, the suffering can be lessened if not eliminated in many cases.
Back pain can be very difficult to manage, depending on what the cause of it stems from. If there is an injury to the back, it can usually be cured or fixed with surgery. In some instances, however, the pain comes from stress, a pulled muscle that never heals or nerve damage of some kind. In each of these instances there are types of medical and exercise procedures that can help.
Overall relief from the pain is usually broken down into two categories: invasive or noninvasive. While both may work for your problem, your doctor may choose one over the other depending on what the cause of you pain is or he may try both kinds. Noninvasive pain control is usually physical therapy and supervised exercises. In many cases this is the best type of management for lasting back pain. It works very well for pulled or strained muscles and to strengthen muscles to keep future discomfort from reoccurring.
The invasive type of back pain management is medication or surgery. There are different kinds of medications the doctor may prescribe for your back pain. You may be given pain pills or muscle relaxants. The pain pills will help lessen the discomfort whereas the relaxants relax the muscles so they are not tight and stretched, which often is the cause of the pain.
Another form of medication the doctor may give you is injections to clear up the physical problems. Your doctor, after a thorough examination, will determine what the best and most effective kind of pain control program will work for you. Elimination or reduction of back pain takes time so be patient as your pain management program usually takes time to be fully effective.