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Meds Only Provide Temporary Relief for Back Pain

By Paul Rothbart

One of the most common types of pain is an achy back. It's a bad place to hurt as it can make the simplest of tasks difficult. Just walking, sitting, and sleeping may be so painful that you wish you could avoid them. People with back pain naturally want relief but vary in how they try to get it. Some people just grit their teeth and try to tough it out. This is not a good approach as pain generally indicates a problem that could get worse without treatment. Many people use pain medication. They can help, but may not be the best option.

Problems With Pain Medications

Pain medications can be useful. They are most effective when taken by someone who is receiving treatment. They ease the pain while the patient heals. Medication does nothing to fix the issues that are causing the pain. Without treatment, the pain comes back every time the meds wear off. Many people take too much medication too often and for too long. Most of these meds have side effects and many can be harmful to the liver and other organs when taken excessively. Addiction is another potential problem that is not at all uncommon as evidenced by the opioid crisis. 

Causes of Back Pain

There are several ways that back can occur. Sometimes the muscles become strained or damaged. This can happen because of overwork, improper lifting techniques, or attempting to lift more than one's strength will allow. Back pain can also be skeletal in nature, happening due to compressed vertebrae or a subluxation. These issues can also happen from overwork but may also be caused by poor posture, standing or sitting in one position for long periods, or sleeping poorly. To provide more permanent relief to back pain, these problems must be located and fixed. Enter the chiropractor.

Seeing a Chiropractor

Dealing with the issues that cause back pain is one of the things that chiropractors are trained for. An examination can find the source of the problem, whatever it may be. The chiropractor can then make adjustments to fix the problem. This can relieve the pain as well as get the entire body working the way it was designed to. A chiropractor can also offer stretches and advice to help prevent future pain. In fact, by making regular visits, your back pain may become a thing of the past.

It can be difficult to function in today's world without experiencing some back pain. Consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. Regular treatments may keep your back feeling good. When your back is pain-free, everything is a little better. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in McKinney, Tex.

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