GETTING THROUGH THE DAY WITH LOWER BACK PAIN!
OUCH, I can’t believe I am that old!
Almost everyone has it at some point. We start seeing symptoms of lower back pain in our 30’s, this around the time when what we did to our bodies in our teens and 20’s starts catching up with us. Pain here can be intense and is one of the top causes of missed work, events and constant aggravation. Fortunately, when taken care of and treated properly the pain usually get better.
OUCH, OUCH…Symptoms of Low Back Pain
Symptoms range from a dull ache to a stabbing or shooting sensation. The pain may make it hard to move or stand up straight. Acute back pain comes on suddenly, often after an injury from sports or heavy lifting. Pain that lasts more than three months is considered chronic.
Back Pain Culprit #1: Your Job
Whether you left heavy object all day long, sit at a desk or your full-time job is taking care of those wonderful but heavy children of yours, basically if your daily activity involves lifting, pulling, or anything that twists the spine, it may contribute to back pain. However, sitting at a desk all day comes with risks of its own as your lower spine get more pressure than it was designed to take, especially if your chair is uncomfortable or you tend to slouch.
Back Pain Culprit #2: Your Posture
Mom was right when she said, “Stand up straight!” Your back supports weight best when you don’t slouch. This means sitting with good lumbar support for your lower back, shoulders back, with feet resting on a low stool. When standing, keep weight evenly balanced on both feet.
How lower back pain is treated by your primary doctor
Your primary doctor may recommend temporary use of medications to relieve pain. Sometimes, stronger medications may be prescribed for pain treatment. If pain is severe or lasts, you may need oral or injected steroids. None of this treats the problem.
Treating the problem
Chiropractic Care, physical therapy and back exercises to treat back pain in the lower spine usually focus strengthening the muscles to help reinforce support of the spine and in turn, reducing low back pain with the goal of eliminating the need for drugs and surgery.
After an initial x-ray and exam; we come up with a set of treatments to treat the problem. Treatment of lower back pain is combination of treating the spine and strengthening the muscles. There is NO one solution that fits everyone. At Tannenbaum Chiropractic we use our arsenal of chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy and muscle manipulation to treat and heal your back pain.
If back pain has left you inactive for a long time, a rehabilitation program can help you strengthen your muscles and get back to your daily activities. Our specialist can guide you through stretches, strength exercises, and low-impact cardio that will help you be fitter without straining your back. Depending on the cause of your back pain, there are some exercises you should not do. We get to the source of your pain and many times work with your primary care physicians to ensure you have the best treatment possible.
Here are some other things to remember:
- Sit and drive as little as possible if back pain is acute. Avoid sitting on soft, low couches.
- Make sure your work surface is at a comfortable height for you.
- Use a chair with good lumbar support or use a pillow or rolled-up towel for support. Position your chair at the right height for your task. Rest your feet on a low stool.
- When getting up from a sitting position, scoot to the edge of your seat, get your feet directly underneath you, and stand. Avoid bending at the waist.
- When driving, make sure you’ve got good lumbar support.
- When getting out of the car, support your back: Swing both legs out, don’t twist. On long road trips, take regular breaks to walk around for a few minutes.
- Lift and move safely. Change positions often. If you have a desk job, for example, be sure to get up, move around, and stretch every hour. Gently arch your back.
- Need a reminder to move? Set an alarm on your phone or computer. When doing activities like cleaning, weeding, or vacuuming, remember to keep the curve in your lower back as much as you can.
Lower back pain left untreated can become a serious life long problem. Tannenbaum Chiropractic is different than other Chiropractors as we believe in working with you, your primary care physician and our multiple specialist to treat your lower back pain because your pain is a unique as you.
We are here to make you feel amazing again. Schedule your initial examination today and meet our specialist.
Tannenbaum Chiropractic Beverly Hills – (310) 271 9968
Dr. David Tannenbaum has been taking care of families in Beverly Hills for over 25 years. His has created a practice unlike other chiropractors from the moment you walk in you will feel the difference. His private office in Beverly Hills offers Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture and Massage. He believes that everyone should “Feel Amazing”!