Lower Back Pain—5 Myths, Demystified
There’s all sorts of information out there about health and nutrition. From licensed medical doctors, to government agencies, to old wives’ tales, to yes, even family members, everyone has an idea of what you should do or shouldn’t do. Even in the area of lower back pain, you may have heard some of the ideas below. Keep reading to find out whether the ideas or correct or not.
Back support belts help prevent injuries. According to both the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), lumbar (back) support belts have not been proven to prevent injury. Furthermore, they may actually increase the risk of back injury in two ways. According to NINDS, a person’s muscles may grow weak from being used less. And as mentioned by NIOSH, a person may become overly confident when wearing a support belt and end up lifting too much.
Limiting activity and resting helps lower back pain. The opposite is actually true: it is better to perform your normal routine and continue using your back—making sure, of course, to avoid provoking or making the pain worse. Remaining active helps maintain flexibility, good mood, and muscle tone compared to resting in bed.
Medication is the best route to treat low back pain. It is true that both over the counter (OTC) and prescription medications can help alleviate lower back pain. These could include anticonvulsants, nonsteroidaal anti-inflammatory drugs, antidepressants, analgesic meds, and topical counter-irritants. However, these medications treat symptoms and not the underlying causes of pain. Other treatment modalities may therefore be better choices. Upon consultation with your Laredo chiropractor or other health professional, you may want to use a combination of treatments including chiropractic and medications to treat your pain.
I’ll have to have surgery. Sometimes surgery is a viable choice. However, it doesn’t cure everything and there can be unwanted side effects (such as lost flexibility). Different possible surgeries for back pain include spinal decompression, foraminotomy, vertebroplasty, discectomy, intradiscal electrothermal therapy, nucleoplasty, artificial disc replacement, radiofrequency denervation, and spinal fusion. Before deciding to receive a surgical procedure, be sure to discuss with a doctor the possible short and long-term risks and benefits. Also, discuss with your Laredo Chiropractor how chiropractic treatments may be able to help you avoid surgery.
Using a firm mattress will help lower back pain. It is generally agreed that a “soft” mattress will not help lower back pain. Should you use a firm mattress then? Maybe not. While many people do recommend a firm mattress, a 2003 study published in Lancet suggests that a medium-firm mattress could be the best bet. Medium-firm mattresses provide more support than soft mattresses, but adapt more to the contours of your body than a firm mattress does.
Lower Back Pain Relief from a Laredo Chiropractor
If you have additional questions related to lower back pain, or if you are seeking help for your own back problems, please contact Laredo Family Health Center here in Laredo. We can help you understand the chiropractic process and how our Laredo chiropractor may be able to help your lower back feel its best.
If you haven’t already, call or visit Laredo Family Health Center to ask how our Laredo chiropractor can help you! If you’re suffering with lower back pain, call our friendly staff and put the pain behind you. Call 956-625-4008 today!