Back Pain vs. the Meteor
Many of us will deal with back pain at some point in our life. About 80% of individuals will experience at least one episode of back pain according to a UNC study. For some this will present itself quickly and intensely (acute pain) such as a sports injury, a slip and fall, or a car accident. For others this will turn into a long term or chronic issue requiring chiropractic, physical therapy, medication, injections or even surgery. People who have reported chronic back pain has doubled in the last 30 years.
Why? We sit (a lot!), we move in similar patterns all day long (repetition), and we don’t take immediate action when the first sign of pain presents itself.
Comes out of nowhere like a meteor
When someone has an acute injury to their back or if the pain comes out of nowhere they often have no idea where to turn first. Back pain doesn’t announce it’s coming, and it doesn’t put itself on your calendar at a time convenient for everyone. It strikes quickly, and just like the meteor that surprised most of Michigan last night, people usually turn to Facebook for answers.
The number one recommendation from your Facebook friends and family is usually to use some type of over the counter medication followed by putting heat on your back coming in a close second.
Every back condition is different, but ice is the best answer for most cases of acute back pain until you are able to see a doctor. It’s always best to consult with a doctor first.
Below are a few things I recommend when back pain strikes!
Think conservative treatment first such as stretching, heating, icing, or moving gently.
The first doctor you should see is a chiropractor. Doctors of chiropractic are trained in spine, back and neck pain relief and can point you in the most appropriate direction.
Include other providers (primary physicians, massage therapists, and physical therapists) if you aren’t making progress. If the chiropractor is not right for you, or if you aren’t making progress in 30 days or less, then my recommendation is to seek other treatment methods.
Whichever treatment option you choose … act quickly.
Dr. Eric Duncan
The Fix Chiropractic Group