Hopefully you aren’t like me and have chronic back pain. I have chronic pain in my right shoulder blade, that is always there and sometimes like to spread into other areas of my back as well. There are many causes for a sore back. Mine for instance falls into the category of acquired conditions and diseases since I suffer from high stress constantly. In addition to stress, depression, anxiety and insomnia can also contribute to a sore back. Depending on the length these conditions continue you might be experiencing pain for a long time. As someone who has had chronic back pain for about a year straight now, I know how this feels. Other conditions in this category include: scoliosis, various forms of arthritis, kidney stones, infections, pregnancy, and even fibromyalgia to just name a few.
Back pain can also be caused by mechanical problems such as how your spine moves, injuries such as fractures, and possibly even because of infections or a tumor. Whatever the root cause of your back pain, it is annoying and unpleasant. So what can we do about it? One option is to take medication to help relieve any back pain you may suffer from. Perhaps if your pain isn’t too bad you can get by with taking over the counter medications such as Advil or Excedrin. If you are like me and have more severe and chronic pain you may consider stronger pain medications such as Morphine or Vicodin. Keep in mind if you opt to take pain medication that you take it as prescribed so you don’t get addicted to it. Another option to relieving back pain is by seeing a chiropractor. Chiropractic care is a popular choice.
They use hands on spinal manipulation to try and fix any back pain you may be feeling. Often this is chosen when a person is recovering from an accident or injury. I know I have been to a chiropractor but to be honest, they weren’t able to do much for me. Yes, the initial cracking felt good, but the next day I was back to my old, normal pain. Often chiropractic visits can be pricey so you want to see if your health insurance covers any visits under your plan to help offset any costs you may incur. A third option of how to relieve back pain is TENS. This is electrical nerve stimulation. These electrical currents send messages to nerves to scramble normal pain perception. So this is a great short term fix for pain, but it is not too overly effective for chronic pain.
A fourth option is getting different injections for back pain. These can include: epidural, nerve block, or discography. I know I once had a steriod shot because a doctor looking at my back had no other idea what to do to help me feel less pain. It worked for like two days as it numbed the pain but once again it came right back. For someone who suffers more chronic pain you may want to look into back surgery. Although this might be a scary thought, it might be your only and best option.