Chronic low back pain can be debilitating and have a negative impact on a man’s quality of life. For as uncomfortable as back pain can be, there are several treatment options that can be used to minimize pain and inflammation that is often associated with injury and disease.
In order to make sure you receive the best care possible, imaging tests and bone scans are sometimes used to help healthcare professionals make an accurate diagnosis. Once an accurate diagnosis has been reached, a detailed treatment plan can be created that controls pain and discomfort while putting you back on the road to recovery.
Causes of Lower Back Pain in Men
Health conditions like ankylosing spondylitis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and herniated discs are common causes of back pain. Long-term pain located in the lumbar portion of the spine can also be caused by heavy lifting, high levels of stress, sitting at a desk for several hours a day, poor posture.
Lifting lighter loads and taking time to relax every day are two ways to minimize low back pain. When it comes to the physical aspect of symptoms, exercising regularly and remembering to sit up straight instead of slouching are also beneficial. Take things slow and try not to overwhelm yourself with activity. Give your body a chance to rest between activities.
Lower Back Pain Treatment Options
While reducing your risk factors is one way to help relieve your pain and discomfort, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and deep tissue massage can also help. A chiropractic adjustment and massage therapy session compliment one another. While the adjustment returns the bones and muscles to their original position, massage therapy works the soft tissues, increasing strength and improving circulation to the area. Physical therapy introduces exercises and stretches to maintain flexibility and improve range of motion. Aquatic therapy is often used to help the body regain strength without putting an excessive amount of pressure on the injured or affected area.
Both men and women suffer from chronic, long-term lower back pain. Men, often-times, will try to work through the pain and may actually make their condition or injury worse. It’s important that once a diagnosis is in place, that you always follow your doctor’s orders when it comes to reducing your level of activity and performing exercises that will not aggravate the injury. It’s also vital that you maintain your physical therapy appointments as scheduled and continue to receive your chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy as directed by your chiropractor.
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