If someone has lower back pain, how should he be taking care of it?
When dealing with lower back pain it is important to see a physical medicine specialist who can diagnose the cause of the pain and develop a customized treatment plan. This may include exercises, manual interventions, massage, acupuncture, cupping, laser therapy, spinal decompression, needling, etc. It is important not to try every possible treatment at once as this can be costly and unnecessary.
Transcript: "If someone has lower back pain, how should he be taking care of it? This is the million-dollar question. There are so many ways to take care of lower back pain. And it depends if it's acute or chronic. There are some things you can do at home. And then there are some things you should see a professional for my first step in diagnosing and creating a treatment plan for lower back. Pain would be seeing a Physical Medicine specialist that would either be a chiropractor or a doctor of physical therapy who Can order Imaging if necessary create go through a thorough history and exam and come up with a diagnosis. I think so often especially in these platforms and social media, we skip right to the treatment or what should we do about pain. But the thing that's more important than any of that is understanding why there's pain. So once we have the diagnosis, then the Physical Medicine specialist can determine do you need to upgrade that? To an orthopedic consult or a neurologic or Neurosurgical consult our is it just exercise based that we can do at home or teach you some rehab exercises? Or do you also need some manual intervention like an adjustment immobilization myofascial, muscle ligament tendon therapy, massage acupuncture cupping, laser therapy, spinal decompression, needling, you name it, right? So there's tons of stuff. So it shouldn't really be sorted out without the help of a professional. National because you can waste and spend a ton of money. So what I like to do with my patients is come up with a treatment plan that, you know, may last two weeks to four weeks and we pick the things that we think are going to be the most effective things and we don't pick everything. It's really possible to throw the kitchen sink at the lower back and we just can't do that because the other thing is we don't know what helped. So we like to do this scientific method ways as well. I hope that helps"