Treating Chronic Pain
Be sure to seek treatment if your pain lasts longer than 2 to 3 months. Early treatment may prevent the pain from getting worse. Some chronic pain is caused by specific conditions that can be treated. For example, there are treatments for headaches.
If left untreated, most back problems only get worse as time and gravity take their unforgiving toll on our bodies. For many people, before the first episode of low back pain there is larger overall pattern of imbalance in the body, probably the legs were not providing adequate support with a resulting dysfunctional adaptation to old injuries and to gravity. When passing a critical threshold by bending over and slightly twisting to pick something up the vertebra slips a little too quickly and a little too far past what is normal. The nervous system registers the danger and sends the muscles and ligaments into a fearful spasm thereby locking up the vertebrae by creating a joint (facet) restriction.