Changing approach to back pain

Changing approach to back pain

There is new research on back pain that encourages exercise and reinforces that pain is a protective mechanism, not a measure of tissue damage.

Too many people are having back surgery needlessly when the evidence of benefit is weak. The experts say that scans, x-rays, cortisone injections and long-term opioid use are often unhelpful and moving rather than focusing on the pain is best.  Once you have the all clear from a doctor or physiotherapist, you are safe to move. So, get moving, even if it hurts.

With chronic pain, the brain is being overly cautious and the pain system gets more sensitive. Pain is increased by fear of re-injury and a whole host of other factors. And so, over time, our body creates a bigger than necessary pain buffer zone.

If there is no improvement after an episode of acute back pain then consider seeking advice from a physiotherapist, if you haven’t already seen one. A physiotherapist will help find the most appropriate exercises for the individual person taking account of their preferences and abilities. For example, if muscles are weak around the spine then it’s strength exercise,  if there are coordination or movement problems, it could be a different exercise. Movement and exercise have an important role in preventing the recurrence of back pain. Read more…




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