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  • Chronic Low Back Pain 08 October 2019 | View comments

  • This coming couple of weeks has a number of awareness events relevant to us, so I’ll be posting more than usual. Next whole week is both Back Care Awareness Week and National Arthritis Week; whilst World Arthritis Day takes place on Friday. So for today, with back care awareness week starting yesterday, let’s take a look at chronic low back pain (Chronic LBP). Back care awareness week is organised by BackCare, and supported by the British Chiropractic Association amongst others.

    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, where the brain retrains itself, becoming 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 have already resolved at presentation, but the cascade of reactions is still continuing to cause 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.facebook.com/BackInAction.Tewkesbury/posts/1841525875953305

    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

    Vicious Cycles of Chronic Low Back Pain

    Tips to Alleviate Chronic Low Back Pain

    Maintenance Care for Chronic Low Back Pain

    At Back In Action we also offer free chats. 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 no obligation free chat.

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