Affecting millions worldwide, back pain is a common problem seen in sedentary populations. Usually, it heals after a short course of pain-killers and rest but sometimes, it lasts for more than 3-6 months. Such long-lasting cases are due to chronic back pain. Caused by years of poor posture, improper lifting and carrying weights, excess weight and congenital conditions, chronic back pain reduces the quality of life to a great extent.
Read on to understand how physiotherapy can bring improvement in back pain symptoms, just as well as surgery.
Physiotherapy for chronic back pain
Physiotherapy is a medical branch which uses physical methods like heat/ ice packs, massage, ultrasound and exercises for providing pain relief. It has helped millions of people regain their fitness and movement. In a research done by US experts, it stated that physiotherapy is just as effective in reducing the pain of lumbar spinal stenosis, the leading cause of back pain among the elderly, as surgery.
One major advantage of physiotherapy over surgery is that there are almost no risks of complications involved. While surgery, an invasive procedure can cause complications, risk of infections and be life-threatening. And, many times one surgery is not enough and repeat surgeries may be required over the years, increasing the risk of complications. Add to that, surgery usually entails more pain for the patient.
One important thing to consider is that surgery may not be suit many patients with diabetes, hypertension, anemia, and other disorders. In such cases, physiotherapy is the best treatment for providing relief from back pain.
Surgery may be necessary in some cases of chronic back pain. But, it is usually advisable for the sake of patient’s health to consider non-invasive therapies like physiotherapy.
If you or your loved ones suffer from chronic back pain, talk to your doctor about physiotherapy. Your physiotherapist will develop a treatment plan that includes both passive and active treatments. It will usually include hot and cold packs, massage, ultrasound, steroid injections to reduce pain and inflammation along with electrotherapy. Side by side, the physiotherapist will introduce you to core strengthening and muscle strengthening exercises. This will help you in the long-term management of back pain.
HealthCare at HOME also offers effective home-based physiotherapy services to a large number of chronic back pain patients.
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