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Get the Monkey Off Your Back! How to Treat Back Pain Before it Becomes Chronic Pain

Get the Monkey Off Your Back! How to Treat Back Pain Before it Becomes Chronic Pain

Pain may be associated with an injury, a certain medical condition, or structural abnormalities such as a tumor, arthritis, or fracture. Some degrees of pain are normal, like discomfort during the healing process just after surgery or a healing bone fracture. However, chronic pain does not heal and may be present for months and even years.

Did You Know?

  • Over 100 million Americans suffer with chronic pain. This is more than the number of Americans with diabetes, coronary arterial disease, stroke and cancer combined!
  • Pain costs America at least $560-$635 billion annually, which is equal to $2,000 for everyone living in America. This includes $297-$336 billion due to lost worker productivity.
  • Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under age 45. More than 26 million Americans between ages of 20 and 64 experience frequent low back pain. 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes.
  • 44 people die each day from prescription drug overdoses.

You have the power to get that monkey off your back and put a stop to chronic pain. Too often, dangerous and addictive medications or risky surgeries are presented to us to treat acute back pain when most may be treated with a more conservative and safe approach.

40-90% of patients will have complete relief of pain within six weeks by using these measures:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Lifestyle adjustments: how you sit, lift, stand, day-to-day movements
  • Exercise just 30 minutes a day!
  • Weight and diet management
  • Spinal epidural and nerve block injection may be useful

For more information on the right exercises, diets and treatments for chronic pain, contact a physician who is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.