Tag: pain treatment

What’s the worst that could happen?

What is catastrophizing? Have you ever woken up with greater-than-normal back pain and thought, “Oh no! It’s going to be a bad pain day!” Your attention is completely on your physical pain and you can’t possibly get past the experience. Then, your mind goes on a journey of its own. Are the following thoughts familiar?… Read more »

Ways to reduce anxiety when you have chronic pain

Anxiety is a state of uneasiness and distress often about future uncertainties. It can also be a resulting symptom of stress. If you have chronic pain, your body and mind may feel under attack. As a result, you are likely to feel worried or apprehensive about many things. Feeling anxious about your health and your pain is… Read more »

Pain and depression: Break the cycle

It’s common for people with chronic pain to have depression. Depression can worsen and prolong pain. Pain and depression together can take control over a person’s thoughts and feelings with more pain leading to more depression, creating a cycle that is difficult to break. Not everyone with chronic pain is depressed, but about one out… Read more »

Caught in the net? Online health information you can trust

On a typical day, millions of people type “back pain” or “migraine” into an Internet search engine. A 2011 Harris Poll found that three quarters (74%) of all adults have gone online at some time to look for health information, and that 60% have done so in the previous week. Are you one of them? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed… Read more »

Your pain goals: Fantasy or reality?

While it would be great to be rid of pain entirely, this may not be possible for people with chronic pain. If pain is unavoidable, it is important to consider what your pain management goals can be. Helpful goals may include: Becoming as comfortable as possible while having pain Getting back to old routines that you… Read more »

When pain returns

“Relapse” means a long setback Unfortunately, chronic pain that lasts for at least 3 to 6 months is hard to cure. While pain can lessen with time there can continue to be good and bad days, improvements and setbacks. A setback, like a period of increased pain, may lead to unhealthy changes in behavior, such… Read more »

Your primary care provider: Center of your treatment

Finding a primary health care provider who is a good match for you is the first and most important step in getting the health care that you need. This is particularly true when you have acute or chronic back pain, as this condition can test any patient’s relationship with a health care provider.  That’s because the treatment of pain can be… Read more »

Why physical therapy?

If you have back pain, you may benefit from physical therapy, a well-established method for treating all types of back conditions.  Using techniques such as therapeutic exercise, functional training, mobilization/manipulation, massage, electrotherapy and ultrasound, physical therapists help restore function, reduce pain and prevent disability. When should you see a physical therapist for back pain? If… Read more »

When nothing else works: Is back surgery right for you?

Surgery for back pain should usually only be considered after all other treatments have been tried and failed to provide relief.  In such situations, surgery may indeed be the only remaining option.  In order to understand the risks and potential benefits of various types of back surgery, it is important to re-visit the anatomy of… Read more »

Going to the source: How back pain begins

Knowledge is power!  The more you know about back pain, the better you can manage it.  In this article, you will learn: The three major categories of back pain The most common causes of back pain The symptoms used to diagnose the source of your pain. A closer look at the spine Your back extends… Read more »