Top 5 Back Pain Complaints
Back pain may be caused from many different conditions and reasons. One thing everyone with back pain has in common is some sort of complaint about how it affects their life.
1. I can’t do my daily activities. (golfing, gardening, shopping, cooking, exercising, cleaning) Most people with back pain lead a very active lifestyle prior to experiencing uncomfortable symptoms. This can range from playing sports and exercising, to just walking to the mailbox and back.
2. Nothing makes the pain go away.
The first step after experiencing back pain is to find a pain relief solution. Nonsurgical treatments are the primary course of action. These can include conservative treatments, such as epidurals, nerve blocks, medications (OTC and Rx), acupuncture, physical therapy, steroid injections, and massage therapy.
3. I have to take time off work.
One of the top reasons why people miss work is for back pain, whether it’s their mobility that’s limited or attending doctor appointments. It’s extremely inconvenient to miss work, and it can affect financial situations.
4. I have trouble sleeping.
Conducting regular stretches away from your desk also helps reduce tension in general, get the circulation going and gives your eyes a break from the screen. Aim for at least 10 minutes away from your desk each hour as sitting in any one position for a long time can cause muscle cramps and pain. Installing central recycling points, water coolers and noticeboards are just some of the ways companies can encourage workers to wander the office to stretch out their legs and interact with each other in person.
5. My pain is affecting my emotional well-being.
Many people have active lifestyles, whether it’s playing with their grandkids, going to and from work, or playing a round of golf. Losing the ability to be active due to debilitating back pain can lead to unhappiness and other negative impacts on social life.
If you can relate to any of these complaints, and conservative treatments haven’t helped your back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive solutions offer a number of advantages over open back surgery.