Back pain is widespread. The treatment options of conventional medicine are not very satisfactory. So what can be done? Fortunately, depending on the cause of the discomfort, there are numerous measures you can take to help yourself with back pain.
Autor: Dr. med. W. Tönnes
Back pain: What you can do
Back pain is probably one of the most widespread physical complaints of our time. Almost everyone has felt their back at one time or another – whether due to injury, overuse, lack of exercise, or (seemingly) out of the “blue”.
The causes of back pain are manifold and should be clarified by a doctor in case of severe or recurring pain. Because a concrete diagnosis helps immensely to find the right measures and therapies.
Chronic back pain or just agglutinated fasciae
In the vast majority of cases of back pain, especially chronic back pain, the person affected can usually do a lot themselves to make it go away and not come back. In most cases, it is simply a matter of overstrained, tense, and shortened muscles and conglutinated and hardened fasciae that either hurt themselves or cause pain because they squeeze nerves and/or intervertebral discs.
However, such muscle and fascia problems can be treated very well with an individual and holistic therapy program – in case of doubt, of course, after consultation with a doctor, physiotherapist, osteopath, trainer, or similar. On the net, you can already find many videos on fascia training to loosen your agglutinated and hardened fasciae again.
How the doctor treats back pain
Many sufferers of back pain usually visit their family doctor to get an analgesic and anti-inflammatory injection (a mixture of dexamethasone (“cortisone”) and diclofenac). Especially in the case of lumbago with acute, extremely severe back pain that prevents you from thinking clearly, such an injection may be the first choice.
However, if your doctor does not come to you, you will have to move at least a little to visit his office. You could also use this small amount of movement to look for Liebscher & Bracht’s videos on the Internet and copy the exercises presented there for lumbago or sciatica patients. If these do not bring noticeable relief within the next hour, you can always visit the doctor.
Doctors are no longer so keen to give said injections, instead preferring to prescribe oral painkillers, such as Voltaren or ibuprofen in tablet or capsule form. Paracetamol, on the other hand, is not effective and also damages the liver. Researchers from the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney found in 2015 in over 1800 back pain patients that acetaminophen does not work one bit for back pain ( 12, 13 ).
Once the acute pain is resolved, it is imperative to be proactive and take measures to prevent next lumbago and, in the case of already chronic back pain, to alleviate or eliminate it in the long term.
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