Constant Lower Back Pain
In most cases, a person suffers from an acute back pain condition that will go away as the strained muscles or sprained ligaments heal themselves. In other cases, though, the symptoms may continue into a chronic problem, in which case patients will usually seek medical attention. Here are some of the doctor's recommendations and treatments for constant lower back pain.
If you have lower back pain because of a structural problem with your spine or core, then you may be able to improve the way you feel in you control your physical activities, use medications to treat the pain and inflammation, and stay fit with aerobic exercise. If you do these things, you should improve to the point that you feel better without the requirement for further evaluation or invasive surgery. Contact your doctor immediately if these recommendations don't improve your symptoms or if your symptoms continue to become more severe.
Control your Physical Activities: In the early stages of your recovery, you should avoid any activities that would aggravate your condition or any movements that caused you to feel your initial pain. In the past, doctors used to recommend bed rest until the patients felt well enough to move about comfortably. Today, doctors understand that extended periods of bed rest often create more problems that they help. In most cases, patients feel pain because their spines do not have the support they need from the muscles that attach to it. Due to this muscle weakness, there is structural instability in the spine that affects the ligaments, joints, and discs. If you stay in bed too long, you may further weaken the muscles that were already weak to begin with. Also, you must consider that if you spend your time in bed, your life will be very plain, and you won't have much to think about or occupy your time other than thinking about the pain you are in. these negative thoughts may have the psychological effect of increasing the symptoms that you experience.
Bed rest may be appropriate within the first 48 hours that you begin to experience your symptoms. After that, you must get moving again in order to give yourself a chance to get better. It goes without saying that you should get checked out by a doctor to make sure that you don't have a serious condition that requires immediate medical intervention.
Good circulation of the body requires that people move their arms, legs, and torso. Arterial blood circulation is controlled by the left ventricle of the heart which propels oxygenated blood through the body. the deoxygenated blood, on the other hand, is aided by the movement of the body in order for the deoxygenated blood to make its way back to the right atrium. Gentle movements such as walking or swimming may help the tissues in the back to heal more rapidly.
On the other hand, being out of bed does not mean that you should immediately return to your job or previous workout schedule. Before returning to work, you should be able to walk or stand for 30 minutes without pain; and you should be able to sit without pain for thirty minutes. You should be conservative in the activities that you choose, so your condition does not relapse to previous symptom levels. As pain decreases, your activity should increase.
Bed Rest Positions: Most doctors have similar recommendations for the type of bedding conditions you should be sleeping in as well as the sleep positions that put the least amount of pressure on your back. Doctors don't recommend that patient sleep on their stomach or on super poufy pillow-top mattresses. Doctors do recommend that patients sleep on their side or on their back. Research has shown that the semi-Fowler position puts the least pressure on your spinal muscles, joints, and discs. The semi-fowler position is one in which the upper body is slightly elevated, and the knees are slightly elevated. This position may be achieved with a mechanical bed or through the placement of pillows. Most doctors recommend that patients sleep on a firm mattress.
Aerobics: Aerobics are a good way to increase your cardiovascular health and muscle strength in a safe low impact environment. Walking is a great aerobic activity. You should walk regularly, increasing your distances as you continue to experience improvements. Continue to expand your walking distances until your back begins to ache or you feel tired.