The two most common causes of back pain in older adults are osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis. Osteoarthritis is a gradual breakdown of the cartilage between the facet joints of the spine. Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal nerves is the lower back are choked, which leads to leg pain. The symptoms for these and other causes of back pain may vary slightly, but all who experience back pain wish it would just go away.
There are several methods sufferers can use to help control their back pain, or even get rid of it permanently.
1. Change what you eat
Studies suggest that eating certain foods can help reduce inflammation that contributes to back pain.
You should eat more:
- Olive oil
- Salmon, sardines, mackerel, albacore tuna—all good sources of omega-3 fatty acids
- Vegetables and fruits of every hue
- Nuts of all kinds
- Green tea
- Flax (seeds or oil)
- Rosemary and sage
And eat less:
- Vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, sunflower, cottonseed, or “mixed” vegetable oils
- Margarine and vegetable shortening
- Processed foods
- Products containing high-fructose corn syrup
- Foods high in saturated fat, including meat, tropical oils, and full-fat dairy products
- Foods made with trans fats
Choosing what you eat more carefully can make a difference in your pain levels.
Most of us lead busy lives and don’t want to stop to let our bodies heal. However, completely resting for several days allows the nerves to start to heal. Complacency is a different story though. If all you do is sit around, back and core muscles begin to weaken and give you more trouble supporting your spine.
3. Ice Packs
Ice not only feels good, but it also constricts blood vessels and helps prevent swelling. Generally ice is applied for the first 48 hours to limit further inflammation. Back pain is often exacerbated as the muscles of the back become knotted or begin to spasm. Try applying indirect ice to your back for 20 minutes several times a day for both immediate and continued relief.
4. Exercise and Chiropractic Care
Almost all back pain treatment plans include some type of exercise. Each person’s treatment plan is different, so it is important that you see a physical therapist or chiropractor to find out which exercises will help you make progress, not make your pain worse. Studies have shown that people who exercise and stay flexible are able to handle pain better than those who don’t.
Chiropractor care is important to lessening back pain. Not only can a chiropractor make sure your spine is properly aligned, but one trained in the Chiropractic BioPhysics method offers a combination of chiropractic and physical therapy procedures that specifically help with your type of back pain.
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