Did you know that back pain is the most common debilitating and chronic disorder in the US? As adults, the majority of us spend our time sitting at a desk — and lets face it, we tend not to have the best posture. Sitting, improper warm-up before physical activities, and slips and falls are all major contributors to lower back pain.
How to Treat Lower Back Pain
At Danubio Chiropactic Offices, Dr. Danubio recommends the following steps before making an appointment at his Peabody-based practice.
- Rest. Yep, it’s that simple! Get off your feet and get plenty of rest — that’s your body’s best way to heal itself. If you’ve rested for at least 48 hours and don’t feel any better, then it’s time to give us a call.
- Heat and/or Ice Packs. Hot and cold compresses help to relieve most lower back and neck pains caused by strenuous activity such as lifting heavy objects or sitting in a car during a long road trip. These will also help reduce any inflammation in the area.
- Medication. Taking a couple over-the-counter pain relievers can help take the edge off a painful muscle tweak. However, Dr. Danubio does not recommend taking pain medication for more than three days in a row — as the medication should not be used to solve the problem; it simply masks it.
- Exercises and Stretches. You may think exercise is the last thing you need when you have back pain, but the proper exercise program (and Dr. Danubio can custom-tailor one for you!) and stretches can help loosen any tight muscles and prevent further injury to the affected area.
- Chiropractic Adjustments. For those with chronic back or neck pain from repetitive motions or are recovering from an accident, Dr. Danubio highly recommends seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis. Chiropractic manipulation works to re-align the spine, loosen surrounding muscles and prevent further injury. Dr. Danubio’s methods work to decrease pain and inflammation all while improving range of motion.
- Surgery. Surgery for lower back pain should be a last resort option for you, as it can be costly and the recovery time is extensive. There could also be complications associated with your surgery and sometimes, though rarely, the surgery may not help solve the problem. It’s important to see Dr. Danubio or any other Peabody chiropractor first to see if chiropractic adjustments can help before choosing surgery.
Want to be rid of lower back pain for good? Contact our office for an initial consultation with our Peabody chiropractor today!