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  • Chronic Low Back Pain 08 October 2018 | View comments

  • This week has a number of awareness event relevant to us. The whole week is both BackCare Awareness Week by BackCare; and also National Arthritis Week with Versus Arthritis (formerly Arthritis Research UK); with World Arthritis Day on Friday.
    Consequently, I'll be trying to make 3 blog posts this week, with arthritis coming on the 12th.
    So for today, let’s take a look at chronic low back pain (Chronic LBP).

                                               

    Low back pain that has been present for longer than three months is considered chronic. More than 80% of all health care costs can be attributed to chronic LBP. Nearly a third of people seeking treatment for low back pain will have persistent moderate pain for one year after an acute episode. Almost by definition, anyone suffering with chronic pain will also suffer an altered perception of pain, and the brain retrains itself, and becomes very good at feeling pain – whether it needs to or not.

    Chronic pain is always a complex condition, involving tissue damage, adaptation strategies, altered pain perception, altered psychology (depression, sleep disturbance etc) and usually secondary complaints brought about by the adaptations – in fact, the original condition can often be resolved at presentation, but the cascade of reactions is still continuing to cause the problems. This makes chronic pain very complex to treat, and means that we need to use manual therapy, home advice and psychological support all at the same time, to get the best results. There are no short cuts when it comes to dealing with chronic pain; and it can be hard work, for both the clinician and the patient.

     

    You can find out more here:

     

    www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk/back-pain

    www.chiro-trust.org/back-pain/chronic-low-back-pain-treatment-effective

    www.physioadvisor.com.au/injuries/lower-back

    Life Tips to Avoid Low Back Pain

    Chiropractic Maintenance Care

    Chronic Low Back Pain

    At Back In Action we also offer free consultations. This will take about 10-15 minutes where we can talk in general terms about your condition, and see if we can point you in the right direction for treatment. Whether that is with ourselves, someone else, or on your own at home. Call today to schedule your free no obligation consultation.

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