Does Back Pain Last Forever? | Back Pain Relief

Does Back Pain Last Forever? | Back Pain Relief


“Does back pain last forever?” is a common
asked question, and it really depends on what tissue was injured during the event. If you’re injuring a muscle, for instance,
a strain to a muscle, muscles have a fair chance of regenerating or healing properly
and not returning. If you break a bone, bones, if they’re diagnosed
correctly and treated correctly, they can also heal very well. They have good blood supply and you can get
out of trouble and not have it return. The problem is that most of the patients that
go to physical therapy are dealing with a soft tissue injury, meaning the joint capsules
of the spine have been damaged or the disc has been degenerated or the disc has been
damaged, and the reality is those tissues do not regenerate. They’re soft tissue, they’re not muscle, and
like a tire on your car, once it starts to wear, you have to replace it or you could
get a flat. In the spine, we’re not going to replace these
tissues quite frequently, so you’re really left with some damage to the tissue. It can heal, in terms of the pain can go away
or reduce. But the tissue itself is still inherently
damaged, and the recurrence rate therefore, of back pain, is very high, over 80 percent. It’s recurring in nature. So you can have these episodes. You can feel good from time to time, but unfortunately,
it will rear its ugly head again. Now, with the proper management of a soft
tissue injury, you can reduce the pain and manage it with some various amounts of success,
but it’s very tricky and often requires a very skilled clinician to achieve that goal. So, does back pain last forever? Well, technically, yes, if we’re not treating
it right. How bad depends on what you’re doing for it.

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