Back Pain Mistakes to Avoid
41% of Back Surgery Patients Increased Painkiller Use
Research conducted using the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation database tracked 1,450 patients; half of those on disability underwent back surgery, half did not. After two years, only approximately one in four patients who had surgery returned to work. Moreover, 41 percent of surgical patients dramatically increased their painkiller use.
The depressingly low success rate of lower back surgery means many people end up suffering from chronic pain for literal decades. More and more experts believe that surgery should be a course of last resort. With so many people at risk for low back pain, practitioners are trying to educate their patients about back pain.
Many chiropractors, including Dr. Leibmann, a Phoenix chiropractor with Bluestone Chiropractic, are making an effort to educate their patients on the dangers of undergoing back surgery and the non-invasive techniques incorporated by practitioners of chiropractic and alternative medicine. "There is also concern of over prescribing antibiotics in light of growing bacterial resistance due to over- and mis-prescribing medication," according to Leibmann.
If Your Back Pain Treatment Doesn't Work Within 3 Months, Change It!
If you have been undergoing a treatment that doesn’t work, discontinue it. Three months is long enough to know if something is making a difference or not. Many times people ignore back pain, hoping or assuming it will go away on its own. Sometimes it does but then when it comes back, it is much worse—and much more difficult to treat. So even if it seems minor, have back pain checked out immediately.
Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom of Your Back Pain
When choosing a treatment, make sure you are not just masking the symptom instead of actually treating the cause. So while cortisone shots and other anti-inflammatory drugs, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation can offer relief, they don’t address the underlying reason it hurts. It is important to be patient once you develop low back pain, because it will take time to treat and heal. That lengthy recovery time can be emotionally difficult so seeking out support and maintaining good communication with your chiropractor can make the process much easier.