If At First There Is No Relief, Try, Try Again: Things You Need To Know About Lower Back Pain

Posted on: 11 December 2017

Whether you have chronic pain in your lower back, or it is something new, you are not alone. Roughly 80 percent of all adults suffer with some type of lower back pain at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, it is not always easy or possible to find the cause or even prove that you are in pain. While your doctor may prescribe painkillers to help you get through the day, unless it is a temporary problem that just needs time to heal, this will not get rid of the problem and you may have continual pain or regular flare-ups. However, there are things you can do to get back pain relief without all the side effects of drugs.

Spinal Manipulation

With all the vertebrae and discs in your spinal column, it is possible to knock one out of place. This will put pressure on the nerves and cause pain. One way to resolve the issue is to have the misaligned disc gently moved back into place. When the pain is not debilitating, and it seems to come and go, you can visit a certified massage therapist to see if their manipulations will work. Discuss what is going on with the therapist, pointing to the area that causes the pain. He or she can work that area and hopefully guide the disc to where it belongs. If the pain is severe, and more constant, visit a chiropractor. This doctor can take X-rays to see what is going on and then use special manipulations to realign everything.

Rest and Stabilization

Sometimes, all the injury requires is for you to rest and keep the area immobile. You can purchase and wear a back brace to help you with this. Talk with your doctor about which type would work best and ask for a prescription for the brace. This may also be required after visiting the chiropractor to make sure that everything stays where it is supposed to stay.


Although you should always talk with a medical professional before doing any exercises that work your spine, there are some that can help improve the muscles around the injured area. Building these muscles will help to keep any disc in place so it does not move again. You should make sure that your spine is in proper alignment before starting the exercises.

When you are in pain, everything in your life can be affected. If you have lower back pain that has lasted for more than a week, it is time to seek professional help. Keep in mind that although you may try a treatment, it may not help. The treatments for this type of pain does not have a "one size fits all" solution. Do not be discouraged; keep trying until you find the right combination of things to do that help you.