In my earlier post, I talked about the many options being offered to back pain sufferers other than pain medication. This is due to the changes set forth by the American College of Physicians in February. This directs physicians to not prescribe opiate medication for back pain but to recommend alternative interventions. I speak to this concept in the article below: http://triblive.com/news/healthnow/perspectives/12124315-74/new-guidelines-help-self-manage-back-pain-without-medication
We have all heard of the opiate crisis of addiction and overuse in our current culture. The offering of interventions for back pain management allows the patient the ability to self-manage their back pain. As a physical therapist, if you pick one of these interventions and your back feels better in a week, success! But if it remains longer than that, my recommendation would be to get to your trusted practitioner of choice. This should be someone who treats the back normally, like a physical therapist for example; no bias of course!
The right intervention choice might be difficult due to the number of items that are provided (click here for a summary). If you are unsure, I would recommend seeking your favorite expert’s advice. Back pain need not be as crippling as it is sometimes made out to be. We are made to move and moving versus not moving is always better! Don’t let the fear of moving and pain itself stop you completely in your tracks. Pain is just your body telling you it is not happy. It can sometimes mean something more serious, but often it is not. So keep moving, be sensible and seek assistance if you are not sure. There is nothing wrong with getting good, expert advice.