If you suffer from back pain of any kind, you know how it can affect your day to day life. Sometimes it seems to be hovering just below the surface and you end up making it through the day without an incident. Other times…well, one wrong move and you know that you’ll be spending your evening in bed and applying hot or cold in an attempt to get things back to normal.
It causes you trouble when you have to sit in the car for too long. You can’t stand for more than a few minutes at a time without feeling things tighten up. You’ve even decided that you can’t go see movies in the theater anymore unless it’s one that has reclining seats that offer at least some form of relief.
What are you to do? Sometimes it seems that you’ll just have to resolve yourself to being in pain all the time. We want you to know that you have other options. Luckily for you, we have a few doctor-approved tips in today’s blog that can help to bring you a bit of relief. Keep reading to learn more!
3 Ways to Deal with Back Pain
Try a Few Stretches
This might sound like an obvious suggestion, but you’d be surprised by how many people we talk to who haven’t yet tried to do a bit of stretching. Because there are many different kinds of back pain and certain parts of your back that might be hurting, it’s important to know a handful of different stretches.
Do a quick search for the particular type of pain you are dealing with and give a few stretches a try. YouTube is a great place to see stretches demonstrated to be sure that you’re doing them correctly.
One other thing to note is that if something feels wrong while you’re stretching, you shouldn’t push through it because you may end up injuring yourself further. As they say, better safe than sorry, right?
Change Your Sleep Habits
This is another tip for dealing with back pain that often gets overlooked, but the way that you’re sleeping could have a pretty big impact on how your back feels in the morning. For some, back pain can be gotten rid of with the purchase of a simple mattress topper that adds a bit more support. For others, a new bed might be the thing that does the trick.
Some may even find that changing up the position they sleep in is the key to dealing with their back pain. An article from WebMD suggests that you should “try lying on your side” and that it often works to “place a pillow between your knees to keep your spine in a neutral position and relieve strain on your back.” They go on to note that “if you need to sleep on your back, [sliding] a pillow under your knees” can help to relieve some of the pressure on your back.
See a Doctor
Seeing a doctor is perhaps the best thing you can do for your back. Whether you have tried everything else or you’re experiencing back pain for the first time, a doctor can help in a number of different ways.
For some, the pain can be treated with a quick check of your posture, ensuring that it isn’t something you’re doing that’s causing the pain. Others will find that medication is the way to be certain that they can keep their pain in check. Your doctor can also refer you to someone else who may be able to help you a great deal.
For example, your physician might suggest that you go to see a physical therapist who can help you to exercise your back in such a way that you’re building strength while also reversing some of the damage that has been done previously. He or she may also recommend seeing a chiropractor who can take x-rays, pinpoint the source of the problem, and then put your back into alignment through manual adjustments. It may even be recommended that you visit a massage therapist who can help to soothe some of the pain. And who doesn’t love a good massage every once in awhile, right?
Schedule an Appointment Today
Of course the last tip is the one we’d recommend the most highly. At Miramont Family Medicine, our goal is to make high quality healthcare affordable and accessible, providing you with real solutions to the things that ail you. We know that dealing with back pain is something that starts to grate on a person and that it can truly keep you from living the life you want to live. We’re here to help.
As a matter of fact, we can often provide our patients with same-day appointments, ensuring that you don’t have to deal with your pain any longer than is necessary. From x-rays to physicals to minor surgical procedures, we can do what it takes to make sure you get the treatment you need so you can get back to living your life.
Whether you’ve been dealing with your pain for days or for decades, you can count on us to be thorough as we provide you with a level of care that’s simply unmatched, making it our point to get to the bottom of to problem and provide you with a practical solution. Schedule an appointment with Miramont Family Medicine today!