Solutions To Back Pain
You should see a doctor about your back pain if it came on acutely after some kind of accident, is accompanied by fever, nausea or vomiting, numbness or weakness in a limb, if the pain shoots down one leg all the way to the foot (called “sciatica”) or, if the pain is simply so severe that you can’t manage it with a little rest, stretching and over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil, Aleve or Tylenol. And yes – stress, inadequate sleep, lack of exercise, being extremely overweight and poor ergonomics all contribute to back pain too.
Do you carry a heavy backpack around and let it hang off of one shoulder? Don’t do that. Wear it on both. Do you spend hours and hours in front of the computer, or slouching on a couch or bed with your smartphone or iPad? Or do you just spend far too much of your days sitting? Well, do whatever you can to get up and get moving, frequently throughout your day, every hour, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time.
Take an exercise class that focuses on what’s called “core strengthening,” like Pilates or yoga. Be mindful of your posture while sitting at your desk or in class.
And you might consider reading a great little book called “Mind Over Back Pain” written by a very smart New York orthopedist named John Sarno, M.D., who recognized the connection between stress, emotional distress and back pain and the overabundance of spine surgeries being performed in the United States that didn’t wind up getting rid of the patients’ back pain.
Hope this helps get you back in the action, instead of having to sit it out because of your back pain.
At Primary Caring of Malibu we have returned to old-fashioned style family medicine to bring our patients the exclusive personal care and attention they deserve. It’s not a new idea — it’s just an old concept brought up-to-date, with modern methods and technology making it even better.
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