- Age 55+
- 174 lbs
- 5' 9"
- Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
- Chronicity 18+ Months
- Repeat injury? No
- Number of Surgeries None
- Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Muscle Strain
Most of my back problems are a result of arthritis in my lower back and neck. Nothing will cure this, so pain management is the goal. Cortisone injections relieve inflamation and help for 6-8 months, trigger point massage to remove muscle knots and followed by a GENTLE chiropractic adjustment relieves pain for anywhere from a few days to weeks. Physical therapy is recommended when nothing else is working. A sleep number bed with the ability to raise the head and feet has been a great help. Braces, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, ice, and heat are band aids. Most helpful to me was when an arthritis specialist diagnosed me with having a secondary Fibromialgia. Secondary because the doctor thought that the overreaction of the nerves in my back was a result of the arthritis. I was prescribed Lyrica and my lower back pain has been tremendously reduced. Pain is cyclical; pain causes muscles to tighten and squeeze the nerves which in turn creates inflamation and more pain. Relieving pain requires breaking or at least interrupting the cycle. Good luck!