Of course, your back pain is figuratively killing you: impacting your daily routine, the ability to work, and the ability to participate in your regular hobbies.
But in what other ways may your back pain be killing you literally?
In 2012, 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication were written. That’s enough for every single person in the United States to have had one bottle of pills. With opioids prescribed largely for patients with chronic pain, you can imagine how this impacts society with 50 million individuals affected by chronic low back pain.
Study after study confirms the importance of exercise in treating chronic pain. While chronic pain is known to be extremely debilitating, the prescription of opioids makes the diagnosis even more debilitating and potentially addictive. With addiction on the rise, it is understandable that individuals don’t even want to try opioids for pain relief.
The relieving answer is that exercise CAN and WILL desensitize the nervous system to decrease pain. Appropriate desensitization with the oversight of a specialized physical therapist helps you participate in activities that you’ve been afraid of due to the fear of pain. Progressive resistive exercise is the key to success, so get off the couch and drop the prescription medication to get the safe and active lifestyle back that you’ve been longing for!
– Meghan J., Physical Therapist at Dedham Health