When lower back pain persists for three months or more, doctors label it chronic. Temporary relief is sometimes followed by annoyance, but it may come and go at will. Not knowing what's causing your back discomfort might be very frustrating.
Degenerative disc disease, in which cartilage gradually thins within the discs of the spine, is known as arthritis of the spine.
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Spinal stenosis, or the narrowing of the spinal canal, may irritate nearby nerves and cause discomfort.
Herniated discs and slipped discs are two examples of disc issues.
The Benefits of Physical Therapy
Regular exercise is the cornerstone of treatment for patients with persistent back pain. It's a good place to start under the watchful eye of your doctor and spine physical therapist. Nevertheless, as Nava points out, the same workout routine isn't going to be effective for everyone.
Certain diets, particularly those heavy in trans fats, refined carbohydrates, and processed foods, may cause a great deal of inflammation in the body. You should talk to your doctor about the possibility that your food is making your chronic back pain worse and what you can do about it. Back discomfort may be alleviated in part by keeping at a healthy weight, which puts less strain on the spinal column.
Changes in Personal Habits
Stop and rest every so often when mowing the grass, and don't try to carry all the goods in one go. Note what you're doing that's making your discomfort worse, and try to stay away from it. This could not only make your back feel better, but it might also stop the underlying disease from worsening. Leaving the habit of smoking behind is another crucial step toward a healthier living. It is well established in the medical community that nicotine increases pain and slows recovery.
Injection-based techniques such as nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections, and nerve ablations may be used to treat persistent back pain. They are used when the origin of the pain has been determined, and they may occasionally assist in eliminating potential reasons if the therapy fails. Although injections may provide temporary pain relief, they aren't designed to be permanent fixes and shouldn't be taken alone.
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