Managing spine and back pain

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One half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. When back pain is so frequent, many search for a way to get rid of the pain.

Dr. Nuala Crotty, a physiatrist from Spectrum Health, say that staying active is the key to avoiding the pain. Just staying in bed or resting works to an extent, but is a common myth when it comes to complete treatment. Staying active within your pain tolerance is key to lessen the pain.

Research has shown when someone's pain lasts six weeks, they are more at risk of receiving chronic pain. Chronic pain will last three months or more, and is a difficult condition to live with every day.

If the pain doesn't get better within four or six weeks, Spectrum Health's Spine and Pain Management Center will help figure out what's causing the pain and create a plan to fix it.

The Spine and Pain Management Center at Spectrum Health, has a unique approach to treating spine conditions like back pain. They offer a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program that encompasses a variety of spine and pain management specialists.

The center walks their patients through their condition, and adjust medications and treatments to help manage their pain. They encourage their patients to engage in treatments like exercise, and even offer pain psychology. They also offer injections and surgery if needed as a last resort.

Their expertise allows successful treatment of a diverse range of spinal conditions. If you're suffering from constant back pain, maybe it's time to call your doctor.

The Spine and Pain Management Center is located on 1900 Wealthy Street Southeast in Suite 290. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (616) 774-8345.

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