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4 Mistakes That May Make Back Pain Worse

By Debra Rodzinak

For those who experience back pain for the first time, many questions pertaining to care may arise.  How long to wait before receiving care, test result questions, and treatment options are a few of the common queries faced by those who have never been hit with pain in their backs. 

Since every case is different, there is no right or wrong answer.  However, experts have realized that there are six common mistakes that may make this pain worse; choosing chiropractic care is not one of those mistakes.

Ignoring the Pain

Many people think that rest is the only cure for back pain.  However, if the pain persists for more than a few weeks, delaying proper diagnosis may make the situation worse.  Finding the best course of action like exercise, massage therapy, or chiropractic care is better than letting the situation and pain worsen.

Finding a Specialist

Primary care physicians are the first stop on the road to better back health, but to get a complete and accurate diagnosis, a spine specialist often has the in-depth training needed to accurately form a plan to help those with back pain.  Once a few weeks have passed and pain relief is not found, a referral to a specialist by a primary physician may be needed.

Choosing Surgery Quickly

Spinal surgery can be seen as a quick fix, but before rushing into surgery, a few weeks or months is recommended to try alternative forms of care, like exercise or chiropractic treatment.  Surgery is suggested for specific problems such as a herniated disc that is pressing on a nerve, but for other conditions like degenerative disc disease, long-term treatments like exercise or chiropractic care are found to be better by many patients. Think of surgery as a last resort when other options have not worked.

Remaining Inactive

A few days of bed rest is good, especially if doctor recommended.  However, when a person is inactive over a long period of time, the supportive structures of the back become weak.  Keeping the muscles of the back flexible and strong help to lessen the chance of future injury and reduce the pain felt in the back.  The core muscles in the abdomen and back need specific attention and are often the most neglected.

Just remember that back pain is different for everyone, so listen to yourself, your doctor, and your symptoms.  This will increase the chance of you healing quicker and becoming stronger.


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