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Treatment for Back Pain and Aging

 As individuals get older their bodies suffer the ravages of age and so it becomes more urgent to seek treatment for back pain.

We all see it with those extra lines in our faces or the grey hairs, or hair loss, which we must contend with as the years pass. We all feel it, as we slow down, our step not quite as bouncy as it was once. We tire easier too; those late nights are harder to stay awake through. Our eating, drinking and sleeping habits are affected as well. This is no different when it comes to the spine. It ages just like the rest of our bodies. The only difference is perhaps that we rely on it to give us support and so we must do whatever we can to take extra good care of it.

 

 Over time, and the bad habits we acquire, we do things that may not be in the best interest of our spine. We must correct that. As one passes middle age into our senior years there are more things that can cause back pain and we must try to alleviate this as soon as we can. The spine, as it ages, can develop disc erosion or weakening, or vertebrate dislocation. Too often people accept the aches and pains they suffer as an inevitable part of growing old. They don’t go to see their health care provider because they assume that at their age nothing can be done and so a visit to their physician is nothing but a waste of time. They’re far from right on this one. No matter the age you are you deserve the opportunity to have the best quality of life possible to you and the best medical care you can find. Therefore if you’re suffering from chronic back pain, don’t sit there and hurt, see your doctor and get them to send you to a specialist if that is what it takes.

 A neurosurgeon will look at a person’s back with a different eye. They’ll take down an extensive personal history so that they better understand the pain you are suffering from. Following this will be battery of tests that will include an MRI, a CT scan, x-rays and blood work. After careful consideration of all the findings the neurosurgeon will suggest a treatment plan. Depending on what they discover it might be no different that the usual plan of light exercise, anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants and over the counter pain relievers.

 On the other hand, if the physician has found evidence of disease in your back and so can give you an explanation on why you are having so much difficulty and pain in your lower back there just might be more that can be done. Back surgery may sound drastic especially as you age. But neurosurgeons will tell you that it is very safe and can be done into a patient’s eighties. If it corrects the problem and relieves the pain, which gives the patient a better life, treatment for back pain  is something that should be considered.

Back pain facts

Back pain is a problem that can have many causes and can leave you feeling terrible. In this article, we’ll relay some facts about back pain to you so that you can better understand the problem and how you can treat it.

Back pain is a problem that affects between fifty and eighty percent of all Americans at some point in their lives. Over 24 billion dollars are spent per year in the United States alone for back pain treatments, and that isn’t even considering the amount of lost work time the problem causes.

The most common cause of back pain is a strained muscle or ligament in the back. Since the muscles of the back need to support the weight of the upper body while still being flexible enough to allow you to move properly, it’s quite easy for them to become strained. This type of back pain problem can be resolved by simply resting and stretching. Back muscle strains generally heal over a period of two to six weeks.

Another problem that people with back pain may be experiencing is known as a herniated disc. These occur when the discs that are located between the vertebrae that make up your spine become ruptured, causing some of the internal disc to squeeze out of its normal spot.

There are many reasons that you may experience back pain. Lots of cases are preventable and occur due to poor lifestyle choices. Poor posture, high levels of stress, not sleeping enough and being overweight can cause a back condition to develop.

If you are experiencing back pain that is lasting longer than a few days, or if the pain is so intense that it wakes you up at night, it’s important to visit a doctor to determine the cause. Also, if you’re experiencing chills, a fever, or sweating, you should speak to a doctor in order to ensure that you don’t have an infection.

While the many different causes of back pain need different types of treatments in order to heal the problem, a lot of the time use of heat and cold can be a sufficient remedy.

There are thirty three bones located in the back, with discs located between them in order to allow for cushioning.

Statistics have shown that approximately one out of ten cases of back pain are serious enough to merit treatments. Approximately one out of one hundred cases of back pain will result in a need for surgery to remedy the problem.

There are three classifications of back pain: acute back pain, which lasts six weeks or less, sub-acute back pain which lasts between six and twelve weeks, and chronic back pain which occurs for more than twelve weeks.

Hopefully, we’ve cleared up some of the questions that you have regarding back pain. The more that you know about an affliction, the better suited you’ll be when it comes to dealing with it. If you’re experiencing persistent back pain, be sure to visit your doctor.

 

 

 

 

Back Pain Myths

 To better understand back pain we need to better understand its causes. There are so many old wives tales and silly assumptions that many people don’t truly understand what the problem with their back is became of the nonsense they hear about back pain and its causes. At some point sorting out the myths of back pain reality can be very helpful to the sufferer.

 For example, you’ve heard that lifting heavy things will always give you back pain. This isn’t true. First, lifting anything, heavy or not, the right way, won’t hurt your back. Second, if lifting something does cause back pain its likely that the underlying cause was already there just waiting for one more thing to happen before it began to hurt.

 Do not let anyone tell you that if your back hurts you should go to bed and stay there until it feels better. This is completely wrong. While a few days of lesser activity and some bed rest is good for a sore back complete bed rest does not heal. It actually hinders healing because the back needs activity, though not excessively so, to heal right. The stretching of muscles, and walking are a good place to start. Otherwise a person’s mobility and flexibility will be affected. Research has shown that resting for four days has no more benefit to a person’s back health than if they rested for only two days.

 Most back pain originates with injury. This too is flame. Although an injury certainly can be responsible for a person’s back pain more often back pain originates with those who do not do enough physical exercise. These are people with office jobs who do little more than sit at a desk all day. These people are more likely to experience back pain. Interestingly most people, about eighty five percent, do not recall what they did that brought on their back pain, it just happened.

 Many people fear back pain because they believe that if you have back pain you are destined to wind up disabled by it, This is not true at all. Most people, ninety percent, who suffer from back pain will see that it go away in no more then six weeks. Even those who suffer longer frequently still recover, just slower. The percentage of those who are unable to return to work because of their back pain is very tiny. Never let anyone try to convince you that if your health care provider cannot find the exact source of your back pain that it is all in your mind. Back pain is often unique to the person suffering from it and the fact that there is not structural damage does not mean that a person is not in pain.

 At some time in their lives most Americans will suffer from back pain. This is not a myth, it is very true and so you should take care of your back by a gentle exercise program, good posture and common sense.