Chronic back pain torturing you mentally

August 15, 2017

A common, painful condition affecting the lower portion of the spine. Low back pain is the second most common cause of disability in the U.S according to the American Chiropractic Association. Over 80% of the population will experience pain at some point in their lives. As many as 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain, some from fibromyalgia and several other syndromes where patients are more sensitive to pain throughout the body for reasons unknown.

 

Common causes of low back pain:

 

  • Disc injuries

  • Sciatica

  • Heavy lifting

  • Back injury

 

As common as back pain may be, how people deal with pain varies in peaks and lows. Not only are people suffering in silence from chronic pain, but they are also experiencing deep depression from isolation psychologically.
 

Today a lot of weight is given to the psychological effects on an individual in pain. Pain specialists believe educating their patients on the statistics and proper pain management helps those patients understand that this is a widespread problem -- they are not alone.
 

Stressed out and in pain.
 

Struggling in the workplace, due to pain and the limitations it causes physically can cause overwhelming stress that eventually worsens the pain. We're only human, our coping mechanisms are very limited when it comes to pain. Losing your mental balance can intensify pain.
 

Studies have shown that patients who have difficulty in controlling their emotions suffer extreme anxiety, developing negative thoughts, and feelings of hopelessness. Pain can play tricks on your brain. Chronic pain triggers a process emotions.
 

What you can do to tame chronic back pain
 

Treatments for all chronic pain accompanied with emotional imbalance is a technique called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). Mindfulness-based stress reduction Mindfulness-based stress reduction is a program that incorporates mindfulness to assist people with pain and a range of conditions and life issues that were initially difficult to treat in a hospital setting.

MBSR reduces stress allows the patient to relax, while improving their quality of life. Doe MBSR work -- not all the time. The objective with such techniques is to decrease an individuals anxiety by becoming more aware of how you can tense and then relax your body.

 

 


 

Is low back pain all in your head?
 

Low back pain exists for those who experiencing it. Pain is a signal that our body sends to our brain  that something is wrong. the objective is to investigate whats causing your pain. Pain is real, it's how you deal with it in everyday life.

 

DHD back pain specialist in New York for over 30 years, have seen over 10k patients. Dr. Delman at DHD weighs in on the patients physiological connection to pain. 

" A vast majority of our patients suffering chronic back pain have spinal joint dysfunction and muscular tension. We see many patients complaining of low-back pain as a result of a work-related injury. Our objective is to not only restore function but to help patients clearly distinguish present, and past pain.

Pain can occur with or without actual trauma. Signals are sent through our 5 senses, pain is just one of the outputs, like hunger, sleepiness, etc. Pain is your brain's 'opinion' of what is happening, and your brain is not always necessarily correct.

Pain is an output, not an input. " Says, Dr. Delman.

The biomechanical causes of pain--the misaligned spinal joints and excess muscle tension--have to be removed in order to:

 

1) find out whether there is any other source of pain than purely physical/biomechanical, and
2) when there is, to treat past pain in the brain with other therapies than the purely physical.

And all this requires making a full physical biomechanical assessment, and that is best done by pain specialist like DHD Medical in New York.

 

Patients experiencing chronic pain may perceive their pain worse than it actually is. xrays and mri's help doctors in identifying structural abnormalities. This is a person's life, not the game "Operation" where hurt  lights up every time a movement irritates soft tissue. Low back pain, actually any type of pain is a protective mechanism, protecting a part of your body.

 

Chronic musculoskeletal pain often is complicated by depression, which is a natural reaction to struggling with the pain. The right pain doctor will help you with your fear of re-injury so you can continue to recover.

 

 

 

 

Resources:

 

  • Chronic pain amplifies the brain's reaction to new injuries https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/nlmc-cpa051817.php

  • Back Pain World's Leading Cause of Disability — Pain News Network
    www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2015/6/9/uje3h7zohaz2sax7ixwimlfxfp8kux

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness-based_stress_reduction

  • Low Back Pain Relief - New York Back Pain Specialists www.painandinjury.com/hurt-back.html

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