There are some injuries and physical problems that you have to experience for yourself to fully appreciate how bad they can be and how much they can affect your life in an overall sense. Lower back pain is certainly a great example of this and the way it can hold you back from completing the most basic of activities without experiencing a great amount of pain is nothing to dismiss lightly. If you are in the unfortunate scenario of suffering from trouble with your lower back then these are some of the options that you have in front of you.
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The level of back pain that can be suffered tends to vary hugely from one person to the next and in some cases it can be a mild complaint in comparison to the more serious cases. Sometimes it can only take some relatively basic intervention to greatly reduce the pain and this is often why many people book themselves in for a massage in this situation.
It is difficult sometimes to know how serious your back problem is because it is only you who is feeling the effects, as much as you will try to explain them to other people. If some rest and a massage have not helped the pain to subside then it is next worth booking to have a session with the osteopath (or chiropractor). You can arrange for your doctor to refer you to an osteopath and this will be a free session in this case, although the exact treatment they will offer differs from the private option. If you book in with a private osteopath then it is certainly not a cheap course of treatment but they will often try to use certain techniques on you that could go a long way towards solving the problem in a short space of time.
Physiotherapy is an option that will be offered to you but in the case of a lower back problem it may not be enough to treat the specific issue. Throughout your appointments with the physiotherapist they will tend to look at how certain stretches and exercises can possibly solve the issue.
If your back problem cannot be solved by any of the treatments listed above then it may be necessary to have an X-ray or an MRI scan to look at the exact issue. In some cases surgery is the last resort and although you may wish to avoid it this could be the procedure that solves it completely.
Article written by Robert Jones who recommends www.fitzwilliamhealth.ie for acupuncture services.
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