It's an all too familiar feeling.
Your lower back is bothering you...
The thought of bending over to pick up a pencil sounds terrifying...
You have not had a good nights sleep in weeks...
So, you go to your doctor and he gives you some pain medication to "get rid of the inflammation".
You feel better but...
...not back to normal as you'd hoped.
After a couple of weeks, you go back to your doctor and he suggests getting an x-ray. The results come back and it turns out there is nothing "wrong". So, you get prescribed a higher dosage of painkillers and that is it.
Does that scenario sound familiar to you? If it does, you are not alone.
Sadly, this is the kind of routine treatment that most, just like you, get if they are suffering from lower back pain.
It is not acceptable and there is a lot more that your doctor may NOT be telling you than what they are.
Read on to find out more about what your doctor may not be telling you about your lower back pain and how you can better advocate for yourself and your low back health.
You're carrying heavy boxes and you feel a twinge...now your lower back hurts and you want to do something RIGHT NOW (why did I keep all of those old magazines in the attic??!!).
You go to your doctor and you're given anti-inflammatories, which seems to be the cure...
...unfortunately, it happens again two days later.
Don't get me wrong, there is a time and a place for medications but if you only get relief at your lower back after taking meds, it may not be a long-term solution.
Make sure that when you go to your doctor you ask them WHAT the meds are for, WHEN you should stop taking them and HOW to make sure that your lower back pain does not return.
If your doctor doesn't have a clear answer on why you are taking a medication, it may be time to find a new one.
X-Rays and MRIs:
You are at a basketball game and you are watching warm-ups. A 6'11''male walks in and he looks like he is going to be the best player on the court....
...then you see him shoot the ball.
You've seen better shots from someone with a broken hand. If he can be on the team, you might be in the starting line-up! In a way, that silly analogy is sort of what x-rays and MRIs are like.
Both of these types of imaging are static imaging...
...meaning they do not say much about what the cause of your low back pain is when you move, which is what most people complain of---pain with movement.
You can see why a static image does not say much about what actually happens in the game i.e. movement.
Images may be high-tech and sophisticated but rarely do they get to the bottom of the true cause of low back pain.
Even if there is something worth noticing on the image, there is no telling how long it had been there or whether it is the reason you are having low back pain.
You would never recruit an athlete just by watching them stand there, nor should anyone's lower back pain be diagnosed by a static image.
Find a medical professional that will watch you move and help you get to the cause of your back pain. If all that you have received are long waiting room times, pain medications, and x-rays, you deserve better.
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