What is back pain?
Your back pain is a symptom. Symptoms are signals to the brain
that something is wrong. If you put your hand on a hot stove,
you will experience pain that will cause you to remove your
hand. Back pain is very similar, it is a message to your brain
that says "your doing something wrong."
If you back pain is from a fall or some other type of trauma,
it is easy to see what caused you symptom, but often it is not
The majority of people who live with low back pain experience
"flare ups." These "flare ups" were once
thought to be individual separate events, but we are learning
that they are continuations of a unresolved problem.
What can be done about your back pain?
You back pain is different than your friend's or your parent's.
This is why it is important to receive a thorough examination
to determine the underlying cause of your back pain. Only when
the cause of your back pain is determined will you receive relief
from your back pain.
Medications are great at decreasing pain by blocking the signal
to you brain. This is no different than putting a piece of tape
over your check engine light. You don't see the problem, but
that doesn't mean that it is gone. Not only do medications cover
up your problem, but they can also be very harmful and have
long lasting effects some of which can be fatal.
The best approach to eliminate your back pain, is to receive
a thorough examination, proper individualized treatment and
education to empower you to reach your health and wellness goals.