Is Back Pain Affecting The Way You Live Your Life?
Why painkillers and visits to your GP are not the answer!
When you have lower back pain or stiffness, people often think that it’s normal and that it will go away on its own. They blame it on how they slept, their posture or, worst of all, their age. In most cases, they can’t think of an obvious reason why it has happened, but recognise that it won’t get better by itself.
If this sounds familiar to you, then you’re not alone. We hear this kind of thing all the time. Lower back pain and sciatica are the most common problems that we see in our physio clinics in Norwich.
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The most common question that back pain sufferers ask is:
“What is causing my back pain?”
And if you haven’t received a correct diagnosis, you’re probably just hoping that it will go away on it’s own. That you’ll wake up one morning and your back pain will be gone.
Does this sound like you?
Another scenario we hear about all the time in our clinics is that patients have been to their GP and been told simply to rest and take painkillers. Or to rub in an anti-inflammatory cream. This is rarely the right advice and, if it does help, the effect is only ever short lived. The patient is left feeling that they had wasted their time, still unable to enjoy the activities that they want to do. Some then return to their doctor, only to be prescribed more rest and stronger painkillers.
Have you been through this yourself?
So why does back pain last so long?
One of the main reasons that people seem to struggle with back pain for so long is that they have access to too much information. Too much advice is offered from too many sources which, whilst well meant, can be conflicting and confusing. Friends, family, work colleagues and GP’s are all keen to present remedies, not to mention Google!
With so much differing information, it’s no surprise at all that many back pain sufferers give up looking for a solution and just end up living with a poorer quality of life.
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Back pain is one of the most misconceived conditions that we see… the best way we can help is to get some hands-on treatment and get you moving again.
So what does cause back pain?
It’s easy to think that the thing you were doing when you first felt your back pain was what caused it. In fact it more likely to be years of incorrect posture that caused the muscles in your lower back to get weak and be unable to handle that final lift, twist or bad sleeping position.
It’s the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’ analogy!
Years of misuse and weakening will eventually take its toll on your back and leave you in pain and discomfort, unable to do the things you used to take for granted. The problem with not being able to determine exactly what caused the pain, or what is most likely to fix it, is that your condition becomes part of your daily life. You accept it as something that happens to everyone at some point. And accepting it means that you are less likely to seek advice and receive effective treatment.
If any of these 5 things have happened to you, then we would love to offer you a completely free, no obligation telephone consultation with one of our experienced physiotherapists. Just click on the link below to book your complimentary telephone consultation.
Age is not a diagnosis!
Let’s be very clear about this, age is not a diagnosis! It can’t be. If that were the case, then how can an 80 year old run a marathon and a 50 year old be unable to walk to the shops due to back pain?
And you shouldn’t accept it as a reason for back pain either.
There is always a real reason (or most likely a number of contributing factors) as to why you suffer with back pain. A good physiotherapist will never tell you it’s age related.
If you’re still reading, it’s probably because you are a back pain sufferer yourself. Here are 7 common reasons why your back pain is lasting longer than it should:
You thought your back pain would simply go away on it’s own, so you didn’t seek any treatment at all.
You went to your doctor who told you to rest and take painkillers. But the pills did nothing to help your back and, as soon as they wore off, your chronic pain returned.
A family member, friend or work colleague told you that everybody gets back pain as they get older, so you just accepted it as something you have to live with.
In the past you’ve tried other healthcare professionals, or even a Physio, but nothing they said or did seemed to help.
You tried exercises you found on YouTube, or other ‘Googled’ remedies, but they either didn’t help, or made your back pain far worse.
You stopped being active and decided to rest instead, thinking that was what your back needed, but all the rest did was make it feel even more stiff and tight.
You decided to get a few massages, hoping that would relieve the pain. It felt nice and relaxing at the time but did nothing to aid long-term recovery.
If some or all of these reasons sound familiar, it doesn’t mean that you’ve done anything wrong. In fact it means you are exactly the same as the majority of patients who come to our clinics with back pain. But we can help!