Chronic back pain is the worst type of back pain a person can suffer, as it can go one for months, years, or even a lifetime. Chronic back conditions are typically caused by two different things. First, a psychological problem can be a very hard cause to diagnose. Often doctors will report a crooked spine, but treatments never resolve the pain and it continues.
The second cause is a physical condition that is misidentified or unable to be identified. The issues doctors run into with treatment are that there are many things that could be causing the chronic back condition. With all the nerves and muscles in the back and working with the spine, it can be difficult to identify which is causing the problem, if it is even a physical problem.
Chronic back pain can lead many sufferers to depression, as they cannot find a cure for the constant pain. The depression can worsen an already existing psychological problem or create one. This may cause a mental block that will prevent any cures from reducing or eliminating back problems. The best way to deal with a psychological back pain issue is to get educated. Identifying how the body is supposed to work and not work is essential to breaking down mental walls that are contributing to pain. Often an emotional problem is the cause of psychological induced pain.
Understanding that the mind and body work together, in health and in pain, will help the sufferer identify that an emotional issue is really the cause of the pain. The sufferer can then find ways to deal with the emotional problem and understand why it does not need to cause back pain. Sometimes, attending therapy sessions with other chronic back condition sufferers will help, as many chronic pain sufferers feel very alone and like no one understands what they are going through. Many medical professionals believe that most chronic back issues are psychological.
Physical conditions can be just as hard to treat psychological conditions. There are so many potential problems areas in the back; if the pain is not being caused by the common causes, like muscle strains or injured discs, a deeper evaluation may leave the sufferer feeling more confused than when they first arrived at the doctor. Standard therapies like heat and cold therapy, massage, and exercise may provide temporary relief for chronic back pain suffers, but long term relief is hard to find.
Studies suggest that exercise can significantly reduce the pain of chronic back conditions, however many suffers find it hard to exercise because of the pain. Though many mainstream medical professionals may not support alternative treatments, some suffers say they have found great relief from acupuncture, massage, lumbar supports, and tough therapies.
Chronic back pain suffers should not lose hope in finding a cause and treatment for the pain. Continue to work with a doctor. If the doctor has not been able to identify the problem, consider visiting with a psychologist to possibly identity psychological problems causing the pain. Suffers should educate themselves about the body and try different home care treatments. Chronic back problems can be cured. Continue looking for the answer and you will be better off.