Back pain is an extremely common symptom that affects 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 that cause pain can help a person find the road to recovery.
Common mistakes for those who experience back pain include:
- Getting too much rest – it may seem counterintuitive, 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 a physician – being too stubborn to visit the physician can make back injuries worse and lengthen recovery time.
- 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 physician 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 – excessive 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 traditional 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 experiencing back pain, visit your physician today for a full medical examination to get you on the road to recovery. You also may want to contact Laser Spine Institute for a review of your MRI or CT scan, as well as to receive more information about our minimally invasive outpatient procedures that can help you find relief from back pain.