While millions of people suffer from chronic back pain, there’s no easy cure. Some people even feel that their condition is hopeless and live in constant and debilitating pain. In this article, we’ll discuss six ways to treat chronic back pain. But first, let’s look at what causes chronic back pain.
What Causes Chronic Back Pain?
Back pain is one of the most common health issues. It affects 80 million people a year. It’s most common in people between the ages of 20 and 40. But, it also affects older people. Particularly people who have had back injuries or surgeries.
Here are some causes of chronic back pain.
This is a common cause of chronic back pain. It occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc surrounded by tough cartilage ruptures and pushes through the fibrous outer layer. This rupture can cause pain, numbness, weakness, or tingling in the arms or legs.
Muscle Strain or Injury
Muscle strain is a common cause of back pain in older people.
Aging causes your cartilage to deteriorate. It puts more pressure on your vertebrae. Osteoarthritis can also cause your bones to rub together, leading to chronic pain.
Kidney stones can cause chronic back pain, and the pain is usually constant. It also doesn’t disappear when you move, and some positions make the pain worse.
Ways of Treating Chronic Back Pain
Watch Your Diet
The first thing you should do is watch your diet. Cutting out fat and sugar can help. But, you shouldn't expect the pounds to fall off right away. If you've been eating a fast-food diet, start by eating healthier — or, at least, less-fatty foods.
Usually, changes in the diet are enough. A highly fatty diet can increase your risk of chronic back pain. And, a diet low in calcium can make it harder to get rid of back pain. So, ensure your diet is rich in calcium for stronger bones.