"Doctor, It Only Hurts When I Do This..."
The comical response is, "So don't do that!!!" If what makes "it"
hurt is standing, sitting, or especially, breathing, we are in trouble. For
back pain sufferers, all these things and many others are painful. Back pain
sufferers are forced to change their lives when they are "down in the back".
Favorite activities become memories and busy people can be stopped dead in their
tracks by back pain.
In the past, some doctors suggested extended bed rest as a prescription for
back pain. If one says that now, don't believe it! New information proves that
bed rest can actually slow down the healing process. There is indication, according
to the US Agency for Healthcare Policy, that light, low-stress exercises like
walking, swimming, and cycling are much preferable to bed rest in the healing
The agency's panel concluded that back surgery is suggested too early and too
often. Surgery has a high complication rate and a low success rate. Medications
may help the pain short term but do little to correct the underlying problem.
Too much dry heat on the hurt area can also be bad. Heat can increase inflammation
which dries out tissues and can hinder healing. Moist heat, as in a 15 minute
hot shower, may be useful. Cold, 10 minutes on the hour, is usually a much better
option and can help reduce swelling in the part of the back that hurts. The
pain is less, but we still need to evaluate why it hurts...
So, instead of a "So, don't do that!!!" joke answer, try this one
on for size:
Often back pain is the result of messed up body "mechanics". Back
pain in children and adults can be caused by specific types of musculoskeletal
dysfunction. One or more bones of the spine become misplaced from their normal
position. The muscles and nerves attached or associated with this damaged portion
of the spine become spastic or too loose. These malfuctioning body parts can
not help the body work correctly. Pain is one of the symptoms.
This muscle/bone dysfunction is commonly corrected in chiropractic offices.
There are a variety of terms for this condition including vertebral subluxation
complex, non-allopathic lesion, neuromusculoskeletal disorder, and spinal misalignment.
Regardless of the name, this is the cause of much of the world's back pain.
And chiropractic is the answer.
The real response to, "Doctor, it only hurts when I do this..."
is for your chiropractor to reply, "Come on over here. Let me check your