Why Pain Medications Aren't Helping Your Back Pain
Updated: Oct 19
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Dr. Brent Wells, D.C. founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab and has been a chiropractor for over 20 years. Besides chiropractic care, his practice has also treated thousands of Juneau patients from different health problems through physical therapy. He is a proud member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians. And he continues his education to remain active and updated in all studies related to neurology, physical rehab, biomechanics, spine conditions, brain injury trauma, and more.
Back pain is a common problem in many people. While its cause varies, it can result in severe discomfort. To alleviate this pain, some turn to medications. However, these pain medications aren’t always helpful and come with serious side effects of their own. Below you’ll discover more behind why pain medications don’t always work and a handful of ways you can naturally treat back pain.
What Causes Back Pain?
Back pain can be caused by many different things such as:
● Improper lifting techniques
● Poor posture
● Muscle strain
● Slipped discs
● Bone fractures
● Spinal stenosis
● Bulging discs
Can Pain Medications Help Heal Back Pain?
Pain medications are usually designed to mask back pain, not treat it. Their ingredients are meant to relax your muscles temporarily. While it might work for a few hours, the pain will gradually come back until you take another dose. Due to this, you’ll find that they don’t always do a great job at relieving your symptoms. Unfortunately, there are some common side effects of pain medications. Some of the side effects include constipation, nausea, dizziness, weakened immune systems, and depression.
Natural Ways to Treat Back Pain
Eating Anti-Inflammatory Food is one of the best natural ways to treat back pain. Back pain is often caused by severe inflammation. If this inflammation isn’t reduced, it can press on your spine and surrounding nerves which can irritate them. By adding anti-inflammatory food to your diet, it can prevent back pain because it will reduce this swelling. Some of the best anti-inflammatory food to consume to treat back pain include tomatoes, salmon, blueberries, and almonds.
Chiropractic care is another great way to help ease chronic and acute back pains. Chiropractic care is a holistic form of medicine known for treating various types of musculoskeletal problems. This alternative form of medicine focuses mainly on your spine because it believes that the spine is interconnected to all body parts. For instance, if you feel pain in your arm, it could be due to a slipped vertebrae. At your treatment, a chiropractor will ask about your current symptoms and medical history. After reviewing this information, they will then inspect your spine. By feeling around this area, they’ll be able to identify possible problems and where adjustments need to be made. Depending on your needs, a chiropractor will implement different types of adjustments. These include the Thompson technique, the activator technique, or the direct thrust technique. Once your chiropractic treatment for lower back pain is done, a chiropractor will recommend that you stop by at least once a week for further adjustments and so that they can evaluate how your spine is healing.
Lastly, Yoga can be a very helpful method to relieve back pain. While some might think the stretches would worsen it, yoga has the opposite effect. Doing yoga removes tension and increases blood circulation to the bones, joints, and muscles in your back. This provides them with nutrients to stop spasms and to keep them healthy. It also strengthens your bones preventing one side from being tenser than the other.
Posture is Key
Sometimes back pain is the result of incorrect posture. If you walk, sit, or stand incorrectly, it can put pressure on your spine and shift it. This puts you more at risk of spinal pain and slipped discs. Because of this, it’s important to use proper posture as much as you can. Always make sure your shoulders are aligned and your feet are spaced evenly apart. When sitting, you’ll also want to leave about an inch between the back of your legs and the chair.
Back pain can be difficult to deal with, but by keeping the information above in mind, you can naturally treat and prevent it. Always be safe with your medications and natural treatment methods and we hope that you find relief with the methods mentioned.