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Treating back pain is difficult and may require many treatments

Lower back pain can make your life miserable after an accident. While there are some ways to treat it, pain can easily become a way of life for some patients. This is why it's so important that those who are injured get the compensation they need for ongoing medical treatment. A back injury can be lasting, and you deserve long-term care to help resolve the injury completely when possible.

Treating back pain is difficult because of the many potential causes and factors that play into the amount of pain you feel. For example, if you have a strain or minor injury, taking an anti-inflammatory medication may be all you need to resolve your pain. On the other hand, if you have more serious pain, prescription opioids and muscle relaxants may be ordered. These have the potential to cause dependency and addiction, so they are not the first line against back pain.

If you have injuries to the discs and cartilage in the back, recovery may depend on your movements. These body parts don't have good circulation, so movement is the best way to force the blood to flow through the area and to force healing to take place. Stubborn back pain may require physical therapy.

As a last ditch effort to help someone with chronic back pain, doctors may suggest surgery. There are mixed findings about back surgeries, though. Surgeries are not foolproof, and that means that even if you have surgery, it may not help your condition.

Living with chronic back pain is hard on your body and mind. If you're struggling, your attorney can help you fight for the compensation you need to get the medical treatments that can help.

Source: LiveScience, "Lower Back Pain: Causes, Relief and Treatment," Tia Ghose, June 09, 2017

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