Alternative medicine: Can supplements help your back pain?

Alternative MedicineSupplements. You’ve been told you should take them to help your neck or back pain. Your research on the Internet, though, revealed some staggering and confusing information. And, now, you’re overwhelmed. Don’t let all the overwhelming information frighten you. Those supplements can still be beneficial to your health.

After my spine surgery with Laser Spine Institute, I made a commitment to live a healthy life to avoid future back pain. And part of a healthy lifestyle includes protecting my back any way I can. In addition to a balanced diet and exercise, I added some all-natural supplements to my daily routine. Taking supplements, combined with healthy eating and exercise, can help prevent chronic neck and back pain.

Before we jump into what kinds of supplements you should consider taking, let’s start with the basics. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a dietary supplement is one of the following substances: “a vitamin, a mineral, an herb or other botanical, an amino acid, a dietary substance for use by people to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake, a concentrate, metabolite, constituent, or extract.”

Now that you know what qualifies as a supplement, let’s discuss some options that may help prevent chronic neck and back pain in your future. These are the supplements that I take regularly to help me stay healthy:

Calcium. You’ve heard it time and time again: Calcium makes your bones strong. And the saying is true. Taking calcium on a regular basis can help protect your spine by preventing osteoporosis, a chronic condition common among aging adults.

Vitamin C. Adding additional vitamin C to your diet can help prevent spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis and herniated discs. Without the proper amount of vitamin C, your discs may weaken because there is a decrease in collagen, which may cause your discs to rupture.

Glucosamine. If you’ve been told you have osteoarthritis, you should consider taking glucosamine. As we age, our glucosamine levels drop naturally. This can cause our joints to decline in health, according to WebMD. This supplement helps the cartilage in your joints remain healthy and prevent arthritis.

Taking supplements, along with diet and exercise, can help prevent future back pain. Before you decide to add a supplement to your diet, consult with your physician. If nothing seems to help your chronic neck or back pain, I recommend that you contact Laser Spine Institute just like I did to find relief from your pain.

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