Back Pain Solutions Without Medications
Back pain affects over 16 million Americans. You are not alone.
Millions of others struggle with the other effects of back pain.
When you’re struggling with back pain, you have to pay a lot of unnecessary doctors visits.
You miss more work and you’re even unable to work for longer periods of time.
It can be physically, mentally, and emotionally debilitating.
There is a horrible cycle going on in America right now:
You have back pain. You schedule a doctor’s visit. The doctor gives you a prescription to mask the pain. Your prescription comes with side effects, so your doctors give you another prescription to mask those side effects. Then the first one stops working, so you get another one…do you see where this is headed?
Pain medications only numb the pain for so long and endanger you of the exposure to things like opioids. It inhibits your income too, by making you miss days of work for the days your pain cannot be managed. There are better, more permanent solutions out there. Anodyne East West is here to help get to the root of your pain and treat it naturally.
What Causes Back / Joint Pain
There is usually an underlying cause to the chronic pain you’re having. Whether it’s an old injury, a new injury, lifting / straining your back too much, or just inflammation and chemical imbalances in the joint. If your back pain is severe and doesn’t improve over time with rest, it’s probably time to seek other help and solutions. If it’s spreading to other joints or nerves down your legs, that also is cause for professional opinions. If you have numbness / tingling in your legs, you definitely need expert help to find the solution.
If your back pain lasts longer than three months, it is then considered chronic. Other causes of severe back pain include, but are not limited to:
- Muscle / ligament strain
- Bulging / ruptured disks
- Skeletal irregularities
Back Pain Prevention
Preventing your back from having chronic pain issues, is the best thing you can do for yourself and your health. Practicing regular things such as muscle strengthening, exercise, flexibility, and maintaining a healthy weight are top priority. Doing these things regularly will help prevent the rise of problems with any of your joints in the future. You need to take care of your back and it will take care of you in return. It needs regular strengthening and flexibility to assist support your healthy posture and any strenuous activities in the future.
A healthy diet and exercise is the guaranteed easiest way to keep your joints happy and healthy. Keeping your back strong further prevents you from straining it in the future. It keeps your bones healthy and prevents future bone or joint disease.
Joint Pain Limitations
Back pain is one of the main reasons people miss work, or miss other activities and opportunities in order to go visit the doctor. It’s a leading cause of disability worldwide. Chronic back and joint pain can cause physical limitations, emotional distress and financial impact.
Getting through your everyday tasks can be daunting when you’re suffering from joint pain. It can be debilitating and inhibit you from completing normal routines. Exercising, cleaning, working, or maybe taking care of your children. It limits your productivity and defines your day. If you’re struggling and in pain, or even just uncomfortable, it’s hard to focus on anything else.
When you have pain keeping you from living the life you want, it will affect your mental health as well. Not being able to accomplish the things you want in your day, or normal life over the course of time takes a toll on your mindset as a whole. Say you can’t do any of those stated before tasks everyday without struggling. It makes you feel like you’re unable to live a normal, healthy life. That alone can make you feel down and maybe a little hopeless. Anodyne East West is here to help you live pain free again. If you are suffering from chronic back or joint pain in Salt Lake, reach out to us HERE
The financial impact of having any health problem can be a huge detriment to both you and your family’s well being. The doctor’s visits, medications, and trial and errors can add up immensely over time. Anodyne East West is here to help you find solutions that can show you results in relief of your joint pain. No one should be having to live with growing joint pain and feel the weight of the financial burden on top of it.
Why Medication Isn’t the Only Answer
When you’re struggling from severe joint pain, things such as pain medication are just a quick fix. They have shown no results of helping to stop the progressive joint damage from getting worse in the future. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are common drugs used to treat joint pain, but the side effects may outweigh the benefits for joint pain. They do reduce pain and inflammation temporarily. NSAIDs can also cause edema, which is swelling caused by a build-up of swelling in the body’s tissues. These drugs may cause edema in a variety of ways, but the one that researchers have studied the most is kidney damage that can result from the use of such medications.
There are other pharmaceuticals offered to those with joint pain. Such as steroid / cortisone shots injected straight to the problem joint. There isn’t a lot of positive research to back the benefits of cortisone shots and they can be extremely costly. Patients given steroid injections into the joint have been found to have no pain relief and only faster cartilage breakdown over time. The shots have only been effective for some patients and they only provided temporary pain relief. If the shots caused no side effects, then there wouldn’t be a reason not to try them. That however, is not the case.
Acupuncture for Back Pain
Acupuncture is when you use fine, sterile needles and insert them into specific areas of the body. It’s a natural way to relieve your body’s pain without the use of prescription drugs, steroids, or surgeries. Heal your body naturally and prevent chronic pain from increasing. It relieves muscle spasms and relaxes the connective tissues.
At Anodyne East West, they use this natural / holistic way of healing your joint pain. Acupuncture activates your body’s natural healing powers. It increases nerve conduction, releases endorphins (your body’s natural painkiller), strengthens your immune system and increases blood flow to the joints. If you’re suffering from back pain, or any joint pain, this is the most natural solution to relief.
There are many different types of acupuncture to treat your own personal pain you’re struggling with. This includes distal acupuncture, which is for the more difficult pain to treat and is very effective for the pain that has been resistant to other types of treatment. Distal acupuncture targets specific areas that send blood flow to those precise pain areas in your body. With those exact places targeted, you should be able to feel pain relief almost immediately.
Millions of Americans suffer from joint pain every day. This doesn’t mean it’s normal, or that you just have to suffer through it. Some relief can be found in every drugstore. Advil and Tylenol are but a short term solution for treating the symptom; they don’t address the underlying cause. At Anodyne East West, we believe you shouldn’t have to suffer from joint pain. Acupuncture is the clinic’s natural way of addressing joint pain and helping to prevent chronic pain in the future. Don’t let your pain keep inhibiting you from a happier, healthier life.