Back pain is an extremely common symptom that afflicts countless people worldwide every day, and to make matters worse, people often make simple lifestyle mistakes that slow or interfere with the recovery process. However, being able to recognize these activities can ensure the patient is on the road to recovery.
Common mistakes for those who suffer from back pain include:
- Getting too much rest – it may seem counter-intuitive, but spending too much time resting can actually make back pain worse. Becoming sedentary is unhealthy, weakens the muscles that support the back and slows the healing process.
- Waiting too long to visit the doctor – being too stubborn to visit the doctor can make back injuries worse and lengthen recovery time, not to mention it’s uncomfortable.
- Attempting at-home remedies without supervision – there is a lot of good information available for treating back pain conservatively, but it’s important to visit a doctor and get a diagnosis for your condition before you attempt to treat yourself. Failure to do so wastes time and can even lead to further injury.
- Overdoing it – overdoing physical therapy and other forms of rehabilitation can further injure your back and prevent or slow the healing process.
- Treating the symptoms not the causes – one of the most common mistakes people make is to manage the symptoms of their condition and not the condition itself. Treating back pain is a short-term answer but the discomfort will continue if you don’t take care of the underlying cause.
- Continuing poor posture – improper spine alignment puts undue stress on the spine and can lead to a herniated disc, pinched nerve and other spine problems, which is why it is important to make sure you practice good posture when you’re sitting, standing, and even sleeping.
- Consenting to unnecessary procedures – patients are often so eager to overcome their pain that they consent to invasive open spine surgery when an outpatient procedure or conservative treatment would have been equally effective and less disruptive.
- Ignoring the problem – don’t be afraid to ask for help.
If you are suffering from back pain, visit your doctor today for a full medical examination to get you back on the road to recovery. You also may want to contact Laser Spine Institute for a free MRI or CT scan review, as well as to receive more information about our endoscopic outpatient procedures that can help you rediscover your life without back or neck pain.