How to Stop Back Pain
On this page, we will list some of the most effective treatment options available to patients on how to stop back pain. For some patients, some readily available treatments (e.g. icing, heat) as well as a few simple exercises may be all that patients need to make the pain abate to the point that they feel comfortable again. Other patients with inflammatory diseases, such as enclosing spondylitis, may need continued medical monitoring and medications to help them manage a lifelong illness. Some patients may benefits from conservative western treatments such as physical therapy and icing only while others may require additional complementary treatments, such as massage or acupuncture.
What is known is that extended chronic back pain is relatively rare, and that some combination of treatments will provide most patients with the care they need to eventually resume a pain free life. Let's take a look at what treatment options are available to patients, and what active choices they can make to strengthen their bodies and spines away from the hospitals and clinics.
Smoking and other Lifestyle Choices: Plain and simple: if you smoke, you will be more likely to suffer from back pain and a host of other serious medical conditions, such as cancer. If you end up becoming a candidate for back surgery, you will be more likely to suffer from complications and be less likely to get a pain free result out of it. People who smoke are 1.5-2.5 more likely to suffer from back pain. Smokers were more likely to have degenerative disc conditions.
There is no definitive cause that doctors have proven to account for these results, but one of the prominent theories has to do with the effects of smoking on the blood vessels that supply the back. Smoking constricts the blood vessels, including the ones that supply the intervertebral discs as well as the muscles and facet joints. This constriction of the vessels affects the elasticity of the discs and accelerates disc degeneration. Smoking is thought to cause malnutrition of the tissues in general, and make smokers more vulnerable to lifting injuries and other back conditions. Smokers with back pain should quit to give themselves the best possible change of recovery.
There are other types of health factors that may contribute to back pain, that we have control over as well. Some of these health factors that most of us have control over have to do with diet and exercise. Both diet and exercise may affect out blood pressure. High blood pressure is also known as hypertension. A study published by Johns Hopkins University found that those people with a history of smoking and hypertension had a significantly increased prevalence of back pain. Hypertension in most people may be controlled by some combination of exercise and changes in diet.
Regular vigorous exercise may help people to non-pharmaceutically lower blood pressure as well as weight. If exercise alone is not enough to bring blood pressure levels to normal (120/80 mm Hg) than diet may be the complementary approach patients need to do so. Some foods that are believed to lower blood pressure include skim milk, spinach, unsalted sunflower seeds, beans, baked potatoes, bananas, soybeans, and dark chocolate. If needed, there are medications out there to bring blood pressure under control if changes in diet and exercise are not enough.
Workstation and lifting ergonomics: You may also learn how to stop back pain by learning more about how the body is supposed to work at you are sitting, standing and loving heavy objects within your environment. While disc disease and muscle spasms are perhaps the most famous causes of back pain, other more subtle things such as the way you hold your body as you are sitting and standing may by a more common culprit of your aches and pains.
Studies have shown that just sitting in a chair for long periods of time can put more pressure on the back than most other factors. This sitting related stress will be increased when the office chair has little lumbar support and when office workers have to often work while leaning forward away from the back of the chair. The back of the chair should have good lumbar support. That means that the whole of your back should be pressed up against the back of the chair, and this back should resemble the shape of your spine when it is in the erect, neutral position.