Back Pain Management
Back pain management will vary from one person to the next and from one diagnosis to another. For instance, if your back pain is caused by a herniated disc, your pain may be managed completely differently from a person who has back pain due to rheumatoid arthritis or a muscle strain. Herniated discs sometimes require surgical intervention, especially if the disc problem is resulting in sciatica or other neurological issues.
However, one thing that most back pain management protocols have in common is the use of physical therapy and massage therapy. Learning to strengthen the supporting muscles of the back often plays a major role in managing back pain. One treatment that is gaining acclaim in the field of back pain management is Therapeutic Ultrasound.
Therapeutic ultrasound is a great method of decreasing inflammation, pain, tension and soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, nerve and connective tissue) damage, usually experienced with degenerative disc disease, sciatica, pulled back muscles, herniated disc, arthritis, and many more. Ultrasound treatment can be received either by using a portable, home ultrasound device (self-administered) or by seeing a physiotherapist. The treatment is easy, painless, safe, and generally requires only 5 - 10 minutes to do. It is based on a form of deep tissue therapy, which is generated through high frequency sound waves. These waves send gentle vibrations deep into your body and raise the temperature of your soft tissue. The waves are delivered through a hand-held transducer and medicinal conductive gel that are used together in a slow, circular motion on your skin over the injured area. You may experience a slight tingling and/or warm sensation during the process as a result of the gel; this enhances the therapeutic effects of Ultrasound through the process of Phonophoresis.
Ultrasound therapy increases collagen and tissue elasticity, and also promotes blood flow (circulation) and brings oxygen and nutrients to the treated area. This "cleans" your tissues by getting rid of toxins and cell waste products, and helps your injury to heal. If not treated properly, injured tissue can heal with in a weakened state, which can lead to scar tissue build-up or calcification. If used on an ongoing basis, Ultrasound will help to improve your range of motion and will break down any scar tissue or calcifications that may have formed in the treated area. Ultrasound waves penetrate deep into your tissues- this relaxes your muscles and tendons, decreases chronic inflammation and accelerates your recovery rate, so you can return to your daily activities as soon as possible!
The most basic (and arguably the best) treatment for recently injured soft tissues and joints is the URICE formula. This regimen is used to decrease inflammation and relieve pain within the first 48 hours of an injury or condition flare-up:
- Using Ultrasound around your injury/affected area for 5-10 minutes, 3 times per day. This is best accomplished with a Personal Therapeutic Ultrasound device.
- Rest your back and limit your activities; you may want to use a walking aid (a cane or crutches) to prevent immediate weight bearing if your back is severely damaged or painful.
- Apply Ice your back area 2-3 times/day for approximately 15-20 minutes at a time to help reduce blood flow and fluid build up and numb the nerves in your back. Cold Compression gel packs are a better option than common ice packs or frozen peas, as the wraps mold to the shape of the area and are reusable.
- Compress if possible by adding light pressure to minimize swelling (make sure the compression is snug, but not too tight- this could cause numbness, tingling or more pain).
- Elevate as much as possible) your injury to above chest level- this will relieve pressure and allow any fluid to drain from your injured area.
"Freezie" Cold Compression wraps are particularly valuable tools because they provide ice therapy, compression and a protective covering to prevent skin burn from the cold. This combination drives the cold deeper into the injured tissue than regular ice packs, and speeds the healing process. These wraps are fitted to many different body areas, are easy to use, are mess-free and are infinitely re-usable.
If you do not have access to Ultrasound Therapy, or you have experienced an back injury and/or have not been diagnosed, it's best to adhere to the RICE (same procedure, but excluding ultrasound) formula within the first 48-72 hours. Gentle massage around the area, or small flexing or extending movements will also help increase blood flow, oxygen and nutrients, and will prevent stiffness.
An Inferno Wrap Energy Device for the back is one of the most helpful tools for a wide variety of painful back-related problems. Through the use of the patented Energy Web, soft tissues are safely and gently heated- increasing oxygen and nutrient rich blood flow within the treated area. Your body's natural response to this increased temperature is to try to maintain a condition of homeostasis in a balanced environment (basically, your body increases blood flow to the heated area in an attempt to drop the temperature). With the rapid increase in blood flow to the area (a term known as vasodilation), there is an increase in the supply of oxygen and nutrients to injured cells, and toxins are flushed out (including lactic acid, commonly found in trigger points)- both of which promote healing. Our Inferno Wrap for the Back provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief with no side effects.
Our Cold Compression Wraps are recommended as a top therapeutic wrap by Leading Health Institutes like the Cleveland Clinic, several professional sports organizations, and countless medical professionals. That's why we sell them- they are the best money can buy! We have noticed over time that our customers are so fond of our "Freezie" Cold Compression Wraps that they are frequently coming back and ordering a second one- this way, they can have a spare frozen one in the freezer while wearing the other. "Freezie" Wraps are becoming very popular with baseball and soccer trainers, and the wraps can be conveniently stored in a cooler for quick application on the field when needed.
Ultrasound Therapy is also a helpful tool for pain treatment and prevention of back problems- having a portable Ultrasound device at home is a powerful, effective, and convenient treatment tool. If you have symptoms, or are recovering from a back related injury, using Ultrasound on a regular basis before your activity or throughout the day will help relax your muscles, diminish pain and inflammation, soften scar tissue and contribute greatly to the healing of your injury.
If you suffer from pain after certain activities or movements, use Ultrasound Therapy when you complete the activity, and then rest. Limit the application of Ultrasound to a couple of treatments per day (the manual which comes with the unit will recommend treatment frequency depending on your injury/condition). In between Ultrasound treatments, maximize your pain relief and injury recovery time by using the Inferno Wrap. Proven Performance, Proven Relief - only found at MendMeShop.com! If you have been given a treatment plan by your healthcare professional, make sure you adhere to it to ensure pain free living. Ask your healthcare professional about how you can add MendMeShop products to your treatment routine! In general, people who are committed to their therapies and exercises will have the best medical outcomes.
Do you have more questions?
We encourage you to contact our office directly with any questions you may have or advice on treating your back injuries, whiplash injuries or sciatica. You can be assured all your questions will be answered in a thorough and courteous manner by our trained staff.
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