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Back Pain Q & A
What is Included in an Effective Back Pain Management Program?
An effective back pain management program includes several components that work together to relieve pain and discomfort, strengthen the body, and hasten the healing process. The type of back injury in question will determine what is included in the back pain management program. The first step is identifying the cause of the back pain and taking the measures needed to correct it. During this time, the doctor will be using pain management methods to help control the patient’s pain and discomfort. Platelet rich plasma injections, stem cell injections, and various other treatment options may be considered to help manage the patient’s pain during the recovery period.
When is Back Pain Considered to be Chronic?
Back pain is considered to be chronic if it remains steady or constant for longer than three consecutive months. Other types of pain may be considered chronic when pain is experienced beyond the usual duration of symptoms. Pain that is intermittent or comes and goes is not considered to be chronic unless it can be felt to some degree at all times. Acute pain is an intense piercing pain that may last several hours or days, but at some point, it will diminish. Chronic pain is most often caused by an old injury that did not heal correctly or a chronic illness that is constantly causing some type of pain or discomfort. Arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, herniated discs, and pinched nerves can result in long-term chronic pain that continually worsens over time.
What are Common Causes of Back Pain?
Back pain can have several causes. Auto accidents, athletic injuries, work-related injuries, and slip and fall accidents are common causes of back pain. The spinal column and muscles of the back support the entire upper body, as well as the head. Whatever activity the upper body performs, the back acts as a stabilizer, supporting and bracing against unnatural movements. When a person pushes too hard or lifts too much weight using the upper body, it can cause damage to the musculoskeletal structure of the spine. It is always important to use proper lifting techniques and take precautions when performing certain activities to reduce the risk of possible back injury.