Did you know that over 31 million Americans struggle with back pain at any given time? It’s not uncommon for Chiropractors to see patients for unspecified “back pain,” which is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Make sure you don’t become one of these statistics by avoiding these 7 back pain mistakes that anyone can make!
7 Back Pain Mistakes You Should Avoid
1. Thinking you are too fit to experience back pain
Many people eat right, exercise regularly, and are in good health, yet still experience back pain. Ill health is not the only cause of back pain. There are lots of reasons why a person might have pain in their lower back, upper back, or even have neck and shoulder pain.
2. Not dealing with pain the first time
Many people don’t realize that the actual pain is only part of the problem. It’s common for someone to deal with the pain for a few days, then forget about it as soon as it stops hurting. These people do not take the time to discover and address the root causes, leaving an untreated injury to reappear later.
3. Treating only the symptoms
The vast majority of treatments received for back pain address only the symptoms. Cortisone shots, anti-inflammatory drugs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and more are specifically to reduce pain and do not actually impact the deeper cause of the pain. It’s important to understand that pain is a signal that something is wrong. Even if the pain goes away, the problem may still be there!
4. Continuing to do what doesn’t work
At the very least, insist on getting a monthly evaluation of your progress. Proper diagnosis should be clearly made, and you need to know that there is a plan of care that is actually getting the results you need.
5. The “I’ve tried everything” syndrome
Don’t trick yourself into believing that you have done everything possible and that surgery is the only option. Or, even worse, that just living with the pain is the only option. There are almost always new therapies that you haven’t tried yet or new options. Once a true diagnosis has been made, the treatment plan leads to healing.
6. Not understanding that back pain is a process
Most of the time back pain, sciatic nerve pain, and neck pain take weeks to develop if not months or years. However, you may not be aware of the problem until the pain appears. When something starts to hurt, you recognize that there a problem, but it’s rare that the pain is the result of a one-time incident. Other than a specific injury, back pain doesn’t happen overnight.
7. Not taking control
No one knows your body like you do. No one cares about your health as much as you do. Always take the time to educate yourself on your condition and make sure that you understand the reasoning behind any treatments you are given. Even if you are working with a great professional, always ask questions!Always Be Proactive
Never allow yourself to wait until back pain becomes too bad. As soon as you start to experience any pain at all, see a chiropractor right away as the first step in healing! It’s never wise to wait as the condition that is causing the pain will continue to worsen, making the healing process longer and more difficult!
Dealing with back pain? Schedule a consultation right away with one of our Doctors of Chiropractic by calling (208) 338-8902.