We see people frequently at the clinic who have struggled with back pain over a number of months or years, but this pain isn’t always constant during this time. Often when someone has back pain, it’s common to experience relapses in pain if the problem hasn’t been fully been dealt with in the first instance. A big problem can be not knowing exactly what to do to stop your back pain from coming back, which is linked to having a more thorough understanding of the problem from the beginning, but it can also be not sticking to a rehabilitation plan that has worked for you as soon as the pain has gone away. So today we’re going to be going through what exactly can stop your back pain from coming back!
Is Back Pain Recovery A Smooth Process?
The road to recovery from back pain isn’t always linear, even if you’re doing everything right, sometimes the weaknesses or habits you’ve developed can cause a relapse at some point. We’ll start by briefly talking about a case at the clinic, a patient who we had been treating for sciatica very successfully and it got to the point where he was living his day-to-day life completely pain free again. Working in nightlife, he was on his way home one morning between 2-3am, taking out his phone to request an Uber car home when someone on a moped stole his phone. After chasing after them, he unfortunately wasn’t able to catch the thief and when he woke up the next day he was in a great deal of pain with his back again. What happened here in this case is that the patient had been making great progress and was pain free, but despite not feeling the pain anymore, a disc injury can still take a number of months to heal completely. This can mean at any point until that disc is healed, you may be likely to reinjure it by doing anything that might aggravate the area. In this situation, it can be so easy to think that you’re back to square one. But it’s very normal to experience ups and downs during the recovery process. The good news is that once you’ve started going through proper rehabilitation, the relapses that follow can usually be recovered from relatively quickly and you should find you go longer without relapsing at each occurrence.
What Is The Healing Process Of A Back Injury?
When you get an injury or reaggravate an existing problem, essentially what has happened is that inflammation has built up at the site of the injury, sending signals to the brain that something there is wrong. When you do the right things, the inflammation starts to subside and the tissues start to knit together and heal – just like if you were to cut your hand and the injured tissues start knitting together to repair the damage.
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This is the point at which normally you’ll probably start to feel less pain or it may go away altogether, the same as when you have a scab on your hand following that cut. You may not feel pain at that point but you can see it’s not healed yet. If something were to pull on the area, thereby reaggravating the problem, you might likely have a relapse of pain. In the discs, it can be very difficult to know when the problem has fully recovered as we can’t see them, and we also can’t see exactly when an injury occurred – this can often leave you guessing as to what thing you did made the problem worse.
What Can Help To Heal Back Pain Completely
One of the first things to do if you’re not sure what rehabilitation will help, is to sign up to our free membership area at www.backinshapeapp.com. We’ve put together a series of lessons for you to understand exactly what kind of mistakes you might be making at home that is stopping your back pain from getting better, as well as the stretches you can start with to help get some relief. The plan continues into a premium section where you can have guided workouts to ensure you’re strengthening the right areas.
If you have a rehabilitation plan that has worked for you in the past, not giving up on it when the pain improves is definitely something to consider. We can all be guilty of sticking to something until it no longer becomes a priority, which can certainly be the case if your pain has gone away. But the only way you’re going to make long-term improvement is if you strengthen the areas of weakness in your body, which is only going to happen if you stick with it!
If the problem is a new problem that’s only occurred during lockdown, don’t be disheartened. It’s very likely you’re spending less time active and more time sedentary right now, and that’s not ideal but it’s a fact of the situation we find ourselves in. If it’s safe for you to get out for a walk and follow social distancing guidelines, do make sure to get out in the fresh air. Equally if it’s a new problem, do sign up to the membership area to see if there are any mistakes you’re making at home that you can eliminate, as well as some helpful tips to relieve the pain in this time.
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