About 90% of people with first-time lower back pain will recover or show significant improvement within four to six weeks… with or without treatment. One of the most frustrating things to both the patient and health professionals is that some of those treated still develop a first-time lower back pain problem. With chronic low back pain the suffering, disability, and cost skyrocket.
The good news is that there are ways of predicting many of these cases and increasing the chances of curbing the effects of this with early and appropriate treatment. One of the predictors that is very helpful is called “pain avoidance behavior”. Once you get the pain…you will do everything you can to avoid pain. Logic might indicate that this is a necessary protective instinct. Good logic…or bad? In this estimation this is what happens: This type of person will avoid the pain of exercise, stretches, physical therapy and most things that could be helpful to their recovery. Bed rest will become fearful of activity and try to recover through bed rest. I always took extra time to demonstrate the gains that can be made by only pushing ‘5%’ into the pain zone with little risk and lasting results. Pain is such a strong competetor that repeated recommendations and proper supervision is needed to realize that you will not damage your back any more than being completely inactive.
Inactivity not only slows the healing process, but causes weakening in other systems of the body. The next time you experience back pain check with your health provider to see if you are a candidate or increased activity to curb chronic conditions and getting back to your usual activities. If you follow the proven recommendations and treatment of your back professional you will most often be rewarded with early return to good back health with less long-term pain and less chance of return of back pain.
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