Why You Should Seek Treatment for Back Pain

Throughout your life, you’re bound to experience some form of back pain. Many cases of pain can be caused by strain from physical activity or poor posture. In these cases, the back pain should go away after a few days of rest and care.

Some of the following can help you manage your back pain until it recedes:

  • Heating — Applying heat to the area of discomfort can help reduce swelling and inflammation. As a direct result, this should help you with decreasing the severity of your pain. Try icing for short periods of time throughout the day for additional assistance in managing pain and inflammation.  
  • Resting — If you’re physically active, you should decrease your levels of activity until your back pain recedes. This doesn’t mean you have to be a couch potato, but you shouldn’t push yourself hard with physical activity, which will prolong and increase your back pain.  
  • Stretching — Many cases of back strain puts pressure on your nerves, which leads to the development of pain. Some simple stretches can help you improve the strength and flexibility of your back muscles while providing relief from pressure on the nerves in your spine.

Do not ignore back pain if it persists for more than a couple of days or if the pain is so severe that it is limiting your ability to perform daily tasks. In these cases, back pain is an indication of a more severe issue requiring medical assistance. Simple stretches and heating are not sufficient treatment methods for chronic back pain.

What to do if you have chronic or severe back pain

When your back pain is extreme or long-lasting, you should seek assistance from your primary care provider or a licensed physical therapist. These medical experts should be able to diagnose the source of your back pain and recommend a treatment.

Some of the causes of chronic back pain include the following:

  • Sciatica
  • Bulging disc
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains
  • Osteoporosis and more

The team at Back in Motion Physical Therapy aims to provide patients with assistance managing pain and mobility issues. We use the latest technology and methods for treating conditions like back pain.

Would you like to speak with a member of the Back in Motion Physical Therapy team about treating your back pain? Contact us today to learn how we can help you with a personalized treatment aimed at helping reduce your pain and improving your quality of life.