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By: Elisabeth Flannery, PT, DPT, CSCS
Low back pain can significantly impact your life both at home and at work. The pain can be enough to drive many patients to see a doctor about their symptoms. After an initial consultation, patients may receive a referral to physical therapy to manage their symptoms; however, despite a referral, some patients do not believe physical therapy can truly help manage their pain.
Those in pain may avoid movement for fear of increasing “damage” to the low back; however immobilization and constant rest leads to weaker muscles and decreased ability for stabilizing muscles to support the spine. Another reason for this belief is that changes in body structure and reduced symptoms may take weeks or even months to notice with targeted, daily, progressive exercise and patients may be unwilling to wait for the positive effects of exercise due to limited health education or constant, severe pain.
Patients may experience quick symptom relief with prescription opioids, but many individuals are unaware of long-term opioid addiction risk. Prescription opioids may initially improve exercise and activity tolerance after an injury; however, medication should be tapered as soon as possible to avoid prolonged use with masking effects, which can lead to addiction.
To avoid addiction and long-term opioid use, consider the following three tips:
If you need help developing an exercise program to recover from an injury, Sheltering Arms therapists can help you. Click here to learn more.