Low Back Pain
At Elevated Health NYC, Dr. Bart Bargiel and Dr. Edmund Shockey offer lower back pain management plans to their patients with chronic back problems. The doctors and their staff provide services to patients from many New York communities, including those in the greater New York City, Flatiron, and Midtown areas.
Can Lower Back Injuries be Prevented?
Many lower back injuries can be prevented, especially those that occur because of poor lifting techniques or slip and fall accidents. Wearing a lumbar support belt when lifting will help to stabilize the back. If an object is heavy or simply awkward, asking someone to assist with the lift is the best possible plan.
It is also important to keep the back healthy and strong. Chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic massage, and physiotherapy can help to keep the back strong. Making sure the spine and the muscles that support it are in balance will allow the body to perform the activities it needs to perform without fear of accident or injury as long as the person does not take any unwarranted chances.
How is Lower Back Pain Treated?
Lower back pain is normally treated with rest, icing the injured area, anti-inflammatory/pain medications, physical therapy, and chiropractic adjustments. Therapeutic massage can also be used to reinforce the adjustments to the spinal column. Chiropractic and massage therapy go hand in hand. Both affect the muscles and bones, allowing them to work together to continue to support the spinal column.
Chiropractic adjustments do not only adjust the position of the bones, they also adjust the muscles so that they help to keep the muscles in place. Deep tissue or therapeutic massage strengthens the muscles and floods the area with oxygenated blood to hasten the healing process.
When is Back Pain Considered to be Chronic?
Back pain is considered to be chronic when it lasts, in some form or intensity, for at least six consecutive months. Osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, degenerative bone disease, herniated discs, and debilitating injuries can lead to pain that never really goes away. It may subside for the most part, but there is always a dull or nagging ache to remind the person that it is still present.
The pain may change from a dull, throbbing ache, to a deep and intense pain that is aggravated by movement. Resting the area and applying ice may help. Parts of an effective pain management plan for the lower back involve physical therapy, deep tissue or therapeutic massage, and chiropractic adjustments.