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Helping clients who suffer back pain. Part 3

Of course, many questions remain. Will the control subjects with disc abnormalities later go on to develop pain? And how often do medical tests give a false positive result for people with chronic back pain? Until we have better diagnostic procedures, physicians must do their best to piece together their best guess with the evidence at hand. It has been estimated that about 85 percent of the time no exact diagnosis can be made.

What about surgery?
Surgery is always the treatment of last resort for any disorder, and can only help certain types of back problems. Most back pain patients are willing to try many different options, such as chiropractic care, acupuncture or yoga, before trying surgery. Many back care patients dream of a magical surgical solution that can put everything back where it’s supposed to be. But surgery is never simple, and the outcome is never guaranteed. Of course, if your client has tried everything, gotten second and third opinions, then opted for surgery, be supportive. Offering your judgment on a client’s medical course is rarely appropriate.

What’s the best treatment for back pain?
This depends on what’s wrong with the back. Injury can occur to the muscles and ligaments that support the skeletal framework, the joints between the bones, or the intervertebral discs.

The most common cause of back pain is muscle strain. When weak back muscles lack the strength to support the torso, especially one bending over in a twisted position, they may stretch too far, and then contract in a painful spasm. Treatment for muscle strain includes ice, short periods of rest and over-the-counter pain killers. Exercise during the acute phase of muscle strain does not appear to be beneficial, and may only add to muscle stress. Once the spasm loosens its grip, some gentle stretching can be helpful, although one study suggests that simply resuming daily activities without special exercise is even more beneficial. Perhaps this is because people tend to overexercise in hopes of faster improvement. Or perhaps strained muscles need to recover more fully before stretching and strengthening are added.

Every person need study basic first aid techniques. You never realize when you may need them – you, your loved one could be at school, at home, at work.

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