People from Los Angeles suffer back pain like any other American. Maybe more than most Americans since LA boast more people than any other city except for one. The funny thing is that the cars in Los Angeles outnumber the people. There is a direct link between limited activity and back pain. For as much time as people from Los Angeles spend in their cars it’s a wonder that all of them don’t have back problems.
We have all experienced back pain at some point. Back pain can come on sudden or be constant, debilitating or mild. One thing is always true though, when back pain strikes it is never fun. If you suffer from back pain then here are some treatments that you should be aware of.
<!> Medication – Some medication are intended to ease pain, while others are intended to help people to sleep better. Both can be very useful to someone with chronic back pain. Medications are not intended for long term use, they are a short term solution to get you by until the pain goes away or until another treatment is available.
<!> Chiropractic Care – Chiropractors use spinal manipulation techniques to properly align the musculoskeletal structure, especially the spine. This realignment helps the body to heal itself without the need of medication or surgery.
<!> Massage is a very popular for minor and chronic back pain. It is used to relax the muscles and bring blood flow back into the injured parts. Hands on manipulation of the body are intended to loosen the muscles that are tense and causing problems to surrounding muscles. Often massage and chiropractic care are used in conjunction.
<!> TENS – Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation is a battery operated device that delivers a low voltage electrical current. This current is delivered through the skin by electrodes that are placed close to the source of the pain. The current from the TENS device stimulates the nerves in the pained areas and sends electrical signals to the brain that interrupt normal pain perception.
<!> Nerve Blocks affect a group of nerves known as a ganglion or plexus. These nerves cause pain to specific region of the body or organ, this pain can be blocked by medication that is injected into a specific part of the body. This injection of nerve numbing agents is called a nerve block.
<!> Laminectomy is the most common back surgery. During the surgery, the rear parts of several spinal bones are removed. Ligaments and bone spurs that are pushing on nerves can be removed at this time as well.
<!> Spinal Decompression is a nonsurgical procedure that uses a motorized traction to gently stretch the spine. The traction can change the position and force of the spine. This takes the pressure off of the spinal disks, which acts as cushions between the bones of your spine.
You don’t have to live with back pain. Whether your pain is chronic or minor there is a back pain treatment for you. Consult your doctor and see which treatment will work best for you.