The Role of Conservative Care in the Management of Back and Neck Related Pain
Back and neck pain sufferers often have their own ideas of how treatment should proceed when they first consult a doctor or therapist for care. Some patients are looking for a miracle treatment procedure, or magic bullet medication that they hope will instantly make their pain disappear. Other times patients will only be looking for someone to tell them that their problem is not life threatening and that they will eventually get better and be OK.
In reality people with spine related pain usually recover and get better in many different ways. This is because there are many causes of back pain, and many factors involved in recovering from these types of conditions. Generally, patients who take an active part and get involved in the process of getting better, and follow their healthcare providers recommendations usually do the best.
It’s a fact that most back conditions will not require surgery – but, in a small percentage of cases such procedures may be necessary for the patient to recover.
The best approaches usually involve a combination of hands on therapy (adjustment, manipulation, mobilization, massage), physiotherapy such as hot / cold packs, exercise, and learning how to lift, sit, and go about daily activities more correctly to prevent reinjury, and further pain. Sometimes medication could actually make the problem worse by masking the pain and the bodies natural protective mechanisms.
The trend today in spine care therapy is for the patient to take a more active approach in the rehabilitation process. It is usually necessary for the back pain sufferer to make changes in their daily lifestyle activities. Lifting with the spine protected, learning to sit with a backrest, or to begin exercising to improve flexibility and strength. It’s important to make up your mind to make changes in the way you go about your day to day activities.
Even once you start to feel better, or when your pain is resolved you probably will do best if you stick to your back care program – to prevent future reoccurrences, back reinjury, or pain.