As Back Pain

The human body is meant to last a long time, and it is amazingly resilient - with the ability to recover from various infections, injuries, and diseases that move through it. Yet there are many things that can go wrong in our bodies, and there are many symptoms that we may experience that tell us that something's wrong. There are a host of medical conditions and musculoskeletal problems in the body that will first present to us as back pain. Let's use this space to take a look at what treatments and lifestyle adjustments are available to people to treat their back conditions, either using emerging technologies or through simple lifestyle adjustments.

Non-Surgical Osteoarthritis Treatments: Let's first go into all the options available to people that don't involve going under the knife. Going down that road may be the only choice in the end, but every responsible doctor-patient team should exhaust all alternatives before considering it. The treatment fails to work so often that there are medical terms that have been defined to describe it, such as failed back surgery syndrome. Failed back surgery syndrome is when the patient continues to experience pain after surgery. This could be due to poor surgical techniques, the development of infections, scar tissue formation, and a host of other factors. Sometimes, the surgery appears to go perfectly and there is no evidence of any complications occurring, yet the patient just doesn't seem to improve.

In any event, let's take a look at some of the things that do work for many people without the need for invasive treatments.

Rest and Sleep: For many reasons, joints in your body mat become inflamed due to repetitive use, overstretching, heavy lifting, etc. If you have achy joints, than you should try to identify what types of movements are taxing them, and find alternative ways to move your body. If long hours sitting in front of the computer are taxing your back muscles and joints, than you should take regular breaks away from your desk. Find ways to take the stress off of your joints, and you should begin to feel your body become more revitalized. Resting sore joints may relieve stress on the joints, muscles, and nerves. This relief of stress may make you less prone to joint pain, muscle spasms, and lower back pain. Resting your joints may actually help you to pave the way towards making your muscles stronger for a number of reasons. Arthritis of the spine and nerve compression actually affects the muscles of the body, causing them to become tense, tighten up, and eventually go into spasm. Until this tension of the muscle can be brought under control. It will resist any movements that are designed to make it stronger and more flexible.

Seek the help of multiple physicians and healthcare experts in orthopedic medicine in the comprehensive treatment of your care. Your muscles may be week. You may not be providing your body with the nutrients that it needs to resist infections and injury. You may have multiple types of arthritic conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis of the spine. Your progress in the healing process may be hindered by an underlying depression or other emotional problem that was present before you began presenting with symptoms such as back pain. Here is a brief list of some back health professionals that may be able to support you in your rehabilitative care.

  • Dietitians: Dieticians will help you to develop a diet and meal plan that will offer you all the minerals, vitamins, and other good things that you need to accelerate healing in your body, without the need for useless dietary supplements.
  • Licensed acupuncture therapists
  • Nurse educators
  • Occupational therapists
  • Orthopaedists
  • Physiatrists (rehabilitation specialists).
  • Physical therapists
  • Physiciatrists and psychologists
  • Rheumatologists
  • Social workers