Back pain is a pain in the butt-or the back, as the case generally is. Nearly 80 percent of Americans will experience some type of lower back pain in their lives. Back pain can cause extreme difficulties in performing daily duties because the part of the spine that controls standing, twisting, walking, bending, and lifting is usually involved.
When it comes to back pain and surgery, you are better off to forgo the surgery, which can take a long time to recover from, and learn how to cope with the back pain in other ways. Physical therapy is one option for dealing with lower back pain, but there are other options as well.
When you first begin experiencing back pain, you will need to get some rest and wait for the pain to subside a bit before attempting light activities. A lengthy bed rest, however, will slow down your recovery. Get out of bed as soon as you are able to and perform a few simple exercises.
When you do go to bed for the night, try sleeping on your side. You will want to bend your knees or even put a pillow between your knees, which will help relieve pressure placed on your back when you are asleep and might help to alleviate nighttime back pain.
Alternate often between sitting and standing. Try to avoid sitting for long periods of time because sitting places a great deal of stress on your lower back. If you can avoid it, don't sit for more than 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Also avoid lifting something and then bending forward when you are sitting or standing.
Sometimes chronic back pain is caused by excess weight. If you are obese or are carrying a lot of extra pounds, it places a tremendous amount of stress on your back, especially when you are walking. Getting your weight down to a healthy level will also help you to avoid future problems with back pain.
To immediately relieve back pain, take a couple of aspirin. If the pain is really severe, you might want to ask you physician to prescribe prescription pain medication for you; however, you cannot take the pain medication for long periods of time because narcotics can be addictive. Ask your doctor if he or she thinks you would benefit from the drugs temporarily.
If your back pain does not respond to any of the above methods of relieving pain, you might need to have back surgery. Sometimes an x-ray can help to accurately diagnose your lower back problem. If a serious condition is discovered, surgery might be your best option to avoid a lifetime of back pain. If the condition can be treated with physical therapy, you will want to try that first before agreeing to surgery.