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About Back Pain
Back Pain is the most common cause of missed work and more than 80% of adults will experience it at some time. Due to the importance of the back in body mechanics and movement, back pain can affect so much of what we do in our lives.
- Back pain is categorized into two types:
- Acute pain starts suddenly and lasts for up to 6 weeks.
- Chronic or long-term pain develops over a longer period, lasts for over 3 months, and causes ongoing problems.
- There are many different causes of back related pain, from simple overexertion to more serious ailments.
Common Back Ailments and Their Causes and Symptoms
Back pain often develops without a cause that your doctor can identify with a test or an imaging study. Conditions commonly linked to back pain include:
- Muscle or ligament strain. Repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement can strain back muscles and spinal ligaments. If you’re in poor physical condition, constant strain on your back can cause painful muscle spasms.
- Bulging or ruptured disks. Disks act as cushions between the bones (vertebrae) in your spine. The soft material inside a disk can bulge or rupture and press on a nerve. However, you can have a bulging or ruptured disk without back pain. Disk disease is often found incidentally when you have spine X-rays for some other reason.
- Osteoarthritis can affect the lower back. In some cases, arthritis in the spine can lead to a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord, a condition called spinal stenosis.
- Sciatica. A sharp and shooting pain travels through the buttock and down the back of the leg, caused by an inflammation or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Read more about Sciatica here.
- Sometimes the causes are more serious and should be checked out by a doctor.
- The best treatment for back pain is to prevent its occurrence and recurrence by improving your physical condition and learning and practicing proper body mechanics.
- To keep your back healthy and strong:
- Build muscle strength and flexibility.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Avoid movements that twist or strain your back.
- Stand smart. Don’t slouch. Maintain a neutral pelvic position.
- Sit smart with good posture, changing positions frequently.
- Lift smart, letting your legs do the work, keeping your back straight, not twisting and bending only at the knees.
- Other treatments may include:
- For an acute injury treated by resting whenever possible and icing for 15 to 20 minutes at a time for the first 48 to 72 hours.
- After the first three recovery days, apply heat for 15 to 20 minutes followed by lying down and performing gentle stretches.
- Banding, bracing and taping can help to stabilize back muscles and ligaments while they heal.
- Physical therapy for pain and swelling control and instruction in specific strengthening exercises to regain power, range of motion and movement.
- NSAIDS and other pain medication may be taken if tolerated.
- Chiropractic treatment may help.
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Ultrasound is a great choice to treat back pain and our clinical testing proves it.
- Ultrasonic sound waves are pulsed into the affected and sore back tissues at a million vibrations per second.
- The sound waves penetrate the skin and surface layers causing the soft tissue to vibrate. This produces increased blood flow to the area to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation and thereby relieve pain.
- Ultrasound also relaxes tight muscles and spasms to allow pain relief.
- Increased blood flow also delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the tissue, removes cell waste and aids healing. Regular ultrasound therapy on your back pain relieves pain and speeds the healing process.
- Ultrasound is a drug free and proven modality.
How to use your Sonic Relief to treat Back Pain
- Apply a quarter size dollop of ultrasound gel on the area of pain.
- Turn on the Sonic Relief device to the “high” setting.
- Apply the sound head directly over the gel and move slowly in a small circular motion no wider than 3 – 4 inches.
- Add more gel if the gel begins to dry out.
- Sonic Relief will shut off after 10 minutes at which time the treatment is complete.
- Wipe the gel from skin and the sound head with a soft cloth or paper towel.
- You may treat multiple areas one after the other – ie, lower back, followed by upper back, and left side, right side as needed.
- Put the Sonic Relief back in the charger to be ready anytime you need it for sciatica or any other soft tissue pain or injury.
- Treat each area up to 3 times per day for 2 weeks. Then treat as needed.
- Good idea: keep your Sonic Relief by your bedside. Do your treatment before you go to sleep for a chance at a pain free night. Then first thing in the morning to start the day off right. Then try to get a 3rd treatment in during the day – either before or after an activity that generally exacerbates your pain (before exercise, or gardening, or long drives).
Immediate Results for back pain
Back pain haunted me every waking moment for about one year. It must have been a combination of an untreated tear in my upper back from lifting weights, and from years of sleeping on my stomach. After using your product, I saw immediate results. My chronic lower back pain has diminished, and I barely ever feel anything from my upper back anymore.I still wake up from my sleep expecting to feel pain because it was what I was used to doing. I just can’t wait till I can get rid of the mental side of having back pain, since Sonic Relief has taken care of the physical pain.
G. Styles – Michigan