Back pain alert!

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Research shows that physical therapy, physical activity, stretching, and cognitive behavioral therapy are among the best treatments for low back pain, yet the majority of Americans who seek treatment for low back pain are prescribed pain relievers. Besides the potential dangers of opioid addiction, there’s little evidence that these drugs are even effective for lingering low back pain. They also come with side effects like constipation, an increased risk of falls, and depression, all of which can compound your health woes. Spinal-fusion surgery, in which two or more vertebrae are joined, is also increasingly common, despite frequent complications and evidence that less invasive approaches are just as effective. Talk with your doctor if you experience low back pain, and make sure your treatment plan is evidence-based, safe, and effective. To prevent low back pain, change your diet and lose weight if you need to, maintain good posture that allows for the natural curve of the lower back, stretch properly before and after exercise, and use ergonomically designed equipment and furniture.

Source: Prevention and treatment of low back pain: evidence, challenges, and promising directions

“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” Helen Keller

 

Posted on July 27, 2018 and filed under fitness.