Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain
By Debra Rodzinak
If you have had back pain that has lasted for more than three months, you may have chronic low back pain. Whether from an injury, muscle stress, or disease, this type of pain is not a specific type of pain that can be attributed in every single case. In fact, the opposite is true. Pain can differ from an achy, dull pain to a full-blown stabbing pain that is intense. The pain may be felt in the bones of the spine, the muscles surrounding the back, or in the nerves that travel down the legs.
Locating the Source
Making this condition even more frustrating is the fact that the actual source of the pain may not be specifically identified. Sometimes, the injury or condition that originally caused the back ailment may be healed, but the pain is still present.
Reasons for Pain
The exact reason for chronic back pain, unfortunately, is not understood. However, some experts believe that the nerves that carry the pain signals from the spine to the brain become sensitized. When these nerves develop the sensitization of their pathways, pain is then perceived differently. For example, a slight movement or touch can be felt as a painful experience.
Depending on the severity and type of pain, treatments can vary. When the source of the pain is identified, treatment can help. Even if the source is not evident, pain can be reduced, quality of life can be improved, and mobility can be increased. Some treatments that do not involve drugs or surgery include:
- Physical Therapy
- Ice and Heat Therapy
- Coping Skills
For those who are interested in pain relief for their chronic low back pain without the use of drugs or surgery, chiropractic can help. At The Joint, the expert doctors work with patients to develop a treatment plan where the patient is in control of their care. At The Joint, the chiropractic experience is being reinvented—it’s on your terms, not ours. With over 350 locations nationwide, the expert doctors at The Joint are available to help you with gentle spinal adjustments to help relieve chronic low back pain.
With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, a trip to The Joint is often less expensive than many insurance copays. Drop by The Joint today to begin your path to pain relief for your chronic low back pain.