All across the country there will be plenty of people suffering from back pain. It is a really common cause for concern and it isn’t a very nice thing to deal with; it can hurt a lot, make you lethargic and in particularly bad cases can leave you all but debilitated. Many of us suffering with back pain will turn to painkillers to help us out. Some of you will find this works but for many of us it just doesn’t do anything. So does paracetamol actually do anything? Being a busy Chiropractor in Witney one of the most common injuries my patients come in with is back pain. This leaves me well-placed to offer you advice on back pain and how to treat it.
Types of back pain
Back pain comes in all different shapes and sizes and the key to getting your treatment right is finding out which type of back pain you are suffering with. Being a busy Chiropractor in Witney I often have to diagnose the type of back pain. There are a few different types of back pain;
Wear and tear –Quite simply as we get older our body gets older and wear and tear may contribute to back pain. The shock absorbing pads or discs on your spine can narrow with age and cause stiffness and pain.
Trapped nerves – Potentially the most serious type of back pain is that of trapped nerves, but essentially this can happen because of wear and tear or mechanical problems.
Mechanical – This is what the majority of people that suffer with back pain have. It means that there are no serious underlying issues and conditions and no trapped nerves. It is not always clear what causes mechanical back pain but it can often be because of poor posture and sitting in an uncomfortable position.
Paracetamol and coping with back pain
As a Chiropractor in Witney I get asked by patients if painkillers will help or which painkillers can I recommend. Many of us will take paracetamol to cope with back pain, some of you will think this helps but research carried out in Australia with 1650 sufferers of back pain begs to differ. The research looked at sufferers taking regular doses of the common painkiller and sufferers using a ‘placebo’ and saw no difference in the recovery time of the back pain sufferers.
This isn’t to say that medical advice should change on the basis of one study or that other painkillers won’t help but that paracetamol may not be as effective as you think. In any case a painkiller is likely to increase the recovery time.
Treating back pain
By taking painkillers you are hiding the problem and this can ultimately effect the recovery time. The best way to treat back pain is to visit a chiropractor. We are highly trained professionals that are governed by national regulations and we are experts in the field. As a Chiropractor in Witney I will often assess a patient to discover the true extent of any back pain before deciding upon a course of treatment. This will often involve manual sessions but can come in the form of acupuncture, life-style advice stretching exercises or general rehabilitation.
If you have a back injury please get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice to get you back up and running as soon as possible. You can contact us at the Witney Chiropractic Clinic on 01993 776619 or email us at info@WitneyChiropracticClinic.co.uk.
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