Dealing With Back Pain

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Dealing With Back Pain

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[caption id="attachment_2071" align="alignnone" width="600"]Living with back pain can be hard. Learn more about the causes of back pain. Living with back pain can be hard. Learn more about the causes of back pain.[/caption]   On some days, you wake up and you can tell you just slept in the wrong position. Your back is tight, it hurts, and you know no matter what stretching routine you do, you’re going to be stiff all day. As inconvenient as that is, it’s just one day, and we often feel better when we wake up the next morning. For other people, however, back pain isn’t just an occasional inconvenience, it’s a daily struggle. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, two-thirds of Americans will experience lower back pain at some point in their life. Today, NARA will help you learn more about the causes of lower back pain and the treatment options for treating the pain. Causes of Back Pain Back pain can be caused by a lot of things and can affect your muscles, bones, joints and ligaments. This pain can be acute, which usually lasts less than 30 days, or chronic, which can last much longer. Acute pain is more common than chronic back pain, and is usually triggered by a pulled muscle or ruptured disk. Chronic pain is brought on by conditions like osteoporosis and arthritis. Treatment for Back Pain Back pain can be treated in a variety of ways, depending on whether you’re living with acute pain or chronic pain. For acute back pain, over-the-counter pain relievers and prescribed muscle relaxants are often used. Chronic pain requires a more sustained approach, often involving physical therapy focused on spine stabilization and improving flexibility. Ask your doctor which treatment option best fits your case. Other treatment options include back braces, which offer more support and encourage better posture to help correct any issues. Many NARA members offer back pain treatment and spine health programs to patients. If you are a physical therapy provider interested in learning more about NARA, contact us.