For many people, chronic back pain has become a way of life. In fact, they can’t imagine taking a step or turning over in bed without a shot of pain running through their spine. However, much research has been done over the years about how to manage chronic back pain. Researchers have found that untreated back pain can interfere with the spine’s actual healing process because of the way people tend to carry themselves. Poor posture has been linked to immune deficiencies which can lead to other health problems. Therefore, it is not wise for a person to simply “live with” chronic back pain.
For years, patients who continually reported chronic back pain were dismissed by health professionals because there were no “signs” that anything was wrong. Pain is also subjective to each patient so what is “tolerable” to one may be “miserable” to another – thus also leading to patients being dismissed by their doctors. But the enhancement in understanding the spine and how even the slightest damage can affect a person’s overall health have been taken into consideration. Thankfully, today, there are many options available for those who need pain management for their chronic back pain.
The role of pain management for chronic back pain is used to help identify the source of a patient’s back pain. Many times the source of pain is not an obvious one for doctors to find, but continued treatment allows them to pinpoint the cause and treat it specifically. Pain management is also an alternative to invasive surgery. If surgery can be avoided, especially on the spinal column, then doctor’s generally prefer to do so.
If you are living with chronic back pain and are having trouble getting through the day, don’t wait any longer to seek help. You do not have to live in pain. If you are experiencing acute or chronic pain, please schedule a consultation with a pain management physician so that you can regain your quality of life.
Posted on behalf of Dr. James Chappuis MD FACS, SpineCenterAtlanta