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Chronic Back Pain

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Back pain is considered “chronic back pain” if it persists for more than three months or if it returns repeatedly over a period of several months. Being in constant pain takes all the joy out of life, making the simplest tasks excruciating chores. Even happy occasions lose their appeal when all you can focus on is your constant back pain. If the idea of popping pain pills several times a day indefinitely doesn’t sound right to you, learn about a natural approach to chronic back pain relief that’s all natural and drug-free.

Causes of Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain is most often lower back pain as opposed to upper back pain. Typically, one of two things is to blame: the joints of the spine (called facet joints) cease working properly, or the discs that provide a cushion between vertebrae become worn and either don’t cushion or “bulge” and put pressure on nearby nerves.

Over fifty different nerves attach into your spinal column, and when these nerves are irritated or inflamed by friction or pressure from nearby bones and joints that aren’t working correctly, that irritation is transmitted along the length of the nerve to any areas served by the nerve. The resulting pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong.

The Pros and Cons of Adaptability

Fortunately, the human body is incredibly resilient. It adapts to the many stresses we exert on it, physically, emotionally and even chemically, compensating for poor posture, lack of adequate musculature, a sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthful diet.

Unfortunately, we learn to expect our bodies to adapt, no matter what we put them through! And one day, the body reaches its limit and can no longer compensate for all the misuse it has endured. Then something as simple and ridiculous and bending over to put on a pair of socks triggers pain. It’s only human to shrug it off and expect the pain to go away. It might. But without addressing the underlying problems, soon the pain comes back to stay.

Treating Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain treatment generally revolves around managing the pain. Pain management techniques may include some or all of the following:

The problem is, none of these treatments addresses the original cause of back pain. They may offer temporary relief of symptoms, but until the real problem is identified and corrected, back pain will continue to flare up. A different approach is available, and it works with the underlying causes of chronic back pain to alleviate suffering without drugs or invasive techniques.

Helping Your Body Heal

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That remarkably adaptable body of yours is designed to be self-healing, so the best way to approach chronic back pain is to correct structural imbalances and misalignments that interfere with the nervous system.

“When the nervous system begins to work properly, the body’s natural healing mechanisms can get to work, ” says this busy chiropractor in Kanata, Ontario. “The good news is, that’s exactly how chiropractic works! Our success with chronic back pain is a big part of the reason chiropractic is the alternative healthcare method of choice for millions of people all over the globe.”

Helping your body heal itself is as easy as calling a chiropractor. Select one in your neighborhood and schedule a consultation. Your caring, qualified chiropractor will gather some information from you. He or she will let you know if chiropractic can help in your situation (if it can’t, the chiropractor will likely recommend something that can). A comprehensive physical exam will provide the doctor with more detailed information about your chronic back pain. He or she will share this information with you and present a course of action for correcting those underlying issues.

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Then this plan of targeted chiropractic adjustments will be applied to any areas of improper positioning or motion. Relieving nervous system interference allows the proper flow of communication from the brain throughout the body, which allows the body’s healing mechanisms to “kick in.” Naturally, every body is different so no particular outcome can be guaranteed; although many people find relief from their chronic back pain after a few visits, some require regular chiropractic checkups to keep their bodies running smoothly.

Like all chiropractors, our sponsors successfully complete years of higher education and licensing requirements. And they’re covered by the majority of insurance providers.

Back Pain Medications

“Managing” chronic back pain generally means keeping the pain at a tolerable level through the use of various drugs. Any drugs – even aspirin – come with side effects and drug interactions, so make sure you understand the risks before taking pain medications.

Medication Common Side Effects & Interactions
NSAID/COX-2 inhibitors (Ansaid, Motrin, Advil, Celebrex, etc.): Some known side effects are ringing in the ears, rash, headaches, drowsiness, nausea, stomach ulcers, blood clots, hypertension, heart attacks and heart failure. These drugs can interact with medications for blood pressure, blood thinners and lithium.
Anticonvulsants (Topamax, Neurontin, etc.): Some known side effects are trouble concentrating, trouble with balance and speech, numbness, insomnia, weight loss, vision loss, rapid heart rate, fevers, chills and seizures. These medications often interact with pain relievers, certain anti-depressants and bronchodilators, as well as diabetes, bladder, glaucoma and irritable bowel medications.
Muscle Relaxants (Valium, Soma, etc.): Some known side effects are drowsiness, headache, dizziness, tremor, irritability, depression, blurred vision, nausea, insomnia, paralysis, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, convulsions, fainting and hallucinations. These medications are often habit forming and can interact with narcotic pain relievers, MAOI’s and other antidepressants.
Antidepressants (Norpramin, Endep, etc.): Some known side effects are constipation, vomiting, dizziness, insomnia, nightmares, blurred vision, hallucinations, decreased sex drive, chest pain, pounding heartbeat and seizures. These medications can interact with medications for heart rhythm or seizures, sleep aids, MAOIs and narcotic pain relievers.
Narcotic pain relievers (Codeine, Oxycodone, morphine, etc.): Some known side effects are drowsiness, dry mouth, itching, sweating, slow heartbeat, shallow breathing, memory problems, confusion, fainting, hallucinations and convulsions. These medications are often habit forming and can interact with tranquilizers and muscle relaxants, as well as other classes of pain reliever.

You’ve suffered with chronic back pain long enough! Take action to helpyour body start healing itself – call a chiropractortoday.

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