It’s hard to find a person who doesn’t love back pain. It is hard to find a way to alleviate it. So many things can happen: your back may just straighten out on its own. Or, it could become locked-in syndrome. Locked-in syndrome can lead to paralysis.
Or, back pain can go into progressive stages, making the condition worse. These stages include non-specific, referred and degenerative back pain.
Eliminating the source of the pain
The first step in treating back pain is to eliminate all causes of pain. This can be done by eliminating the source of the pain and all its triggers. Once you have eliminated all causes of pain, then the focus can shift to the treatment of the pain. In all cases where the pain is progressive, then there is an effort to relieve the pain.
In all cases where the pain is non-specific, there is an effort to treat the pain. The goal of the non-specific pain is to return to a healthy condition. This usually requires a combination of therapies. It can include physical therapy, chiropractic care, weight loss, exercise, or an at-home therapy program.
Return to a healthy condition
The goal of at-home therapy is to return to a healthy condition by returning the patient to a position of safety. This position involves being able to relax and have the ability to not move. It also involves having the ability to remain in that position as long as possible.
Once the patient has returned to a healthy condition, then the focus can shift to pain management. Treatment plans can vary from program to program. A treatment plan should be designed as a combination of therapies that addresses the underlying cause of the pain. This will usually involve a combination of therapies. In most cases, it will also include medication, physical therapy, and a variety of stretches.
Once the problem has been addressed, then the treatment can shift to the goals of the treatment.
For example, if the goal of treatment is to return the patient to a healthy position, then that will involve several levels of treatment. It can involve a good amount of stretching, physical therapy, stretching, medication, and possibly a back brace. The goal is to be able to return to a position of safety so that the patient can relax in that position without stress and without needing to move. That will require a program of movement therapies and at-home therapy that provides the ability to relax.