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The truth about back pain: Don’t rely on drugs or quick fixes

Back pain is one of the most common pains that is suffered by many people worldwide.  Most of us will have at least suffered one bout of back pain. However, tons of inappropriate care and treatments are prescribed to patients who are not receiving the suitable protocol to manage their pain. This results in plenty of wasted resources.

Although it’s perfectly normal in desiring a quick fix to alleviate pain. The truth is that there isn’t an instant fix or instant solution when it comes to managing back pain. While many people turn to painkillers as a mean to get rid of the aching pain, studies have showed that a constant consumption of painkillers are damaging to your health. The reason behind most lower back pain is due to musculoskeletal disorders which causes damage to our body’s ligaments, joints, and muscles. A small percentage of lower back pain comes from serious factors such as cancer or fractures, but the main contribution of pain comes from your musculoskeletal system.

So why are painkillers so bad for us? In many countries, non-effective painkillers are routinely being prescribed for the treatment of lower back pain. If you suffer from the below warning symptoms such as unexplained weight loss, night pain, middle back pain or the inability to stand then these are tell-tale signs of an underlying cause.

However, if your backache is caused by musculoskeletal disorder, the good news is that 90% of such cases will improve significantly within a few weeks. If your lower back pain is associated with an underlying inflammatory condition such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s or psoriasis, you will require a more in-depth investigation and be referred to a rheumatologist.

How do one recover from lower back pain? The key is to incorporate useful exercises. Different approaches helps different people and eventually, it boils down to an individual’s personal condition. Painkillers may be useful in the short term, if you are required to be constantly on the go. However, painkillers come with several health warnings: non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, (NSAID) such as ibuprofen and tramadol. In the US, there is a large number of overdose and addiction cases recorded. Same goes for Europe and lower-income countries. Painkillers such as NSAIDS are less addictive but can cause heart, kidney and gut damage if used consecutively for a few days.

According to Professor Nadine Foster of Keele University, he states that “in many countries, painkillers have limited positive effect are routinely prescribed for low back pain, with very little emphasis on interventions that are evidence-based, such as exercises.” For lower-income countries that are suffering from the above catastrophe, it is imperative that they avoid these practices that wastes resources.

It is statistically proven that one out of three people that suffers from lower back pain will have a recurrence in the following year. Thus, it is important to look at adaptations in your workplace to avoid heavy lifting. It is also advised for people with back pain to concentrate on core muscle strengthening, physiotherapy and swimming to counter the effects of back pain.

 

References:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/22/back-pain-drugs-scans-fixes-treatment-lancet

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