Disc Centers Of America Helps Back Pain Sufferers Fight Fear Avoidance and Move More

Fear of back pain? Once you’ve experienced it, you say “yes!” Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor gets this. Buffalo, NY back pain and neck pain patients don’t want to experience that pain again. Disc Centers Of America helps spine pain sufferers get their confidence back with encouragement and exercise

FEAR AVOIDANCE DUE TO BACK PAIN

Back pain sufferers don't want to revisit back pain if they can help it. That desire - whether obvious or subtle, stated or just ruminated in the mind – establishes the ‘perfect storm’ for a behavior called fear-avoidance. Patients with persistent spinal pain syndrome - post-surgically generated or not – elicited high levels of fear avoidance, anxiety, and depression. (1) Researchers explained that the pain experience is not just physical because emotions, behaviors and beliefs are involved as well. Fear avoidant behavior like fearing the act of lifting an object grows and affects muscle behavior without realizing it. A recent study compared fear-avoidant beliefs and the lumbar spine paraspinal muscle activity use while lifting in both back pain and in pain-free persons. Fear of lifting an object with a flexed spine as documented in a questionnaire was negatively related with erector spinae activity to protect the spine from harm. The proper way to lift has been discussed through the years. Lifting with a straight back has been described as safer than lifting with a flexed back though research has not really supported that while lifting with a lordotic posture has been reported to result in more erector spinae muscle activity giving rise to muscle fatigue and pain.  (2) Disc Centers Of America knows the importance of handling fear avoidance and its link to better quality of life.

HOW TO MANAGE FEAR AVOIDANCE

Researchers noted that back pain sufferers today ‘get’ that they must keep active but some require a bit more support and encouragement to move and exercise due to a lack of confidence in their backs’ ability to exercise without causing pain. The healthcare provider not only can offer the latest findings on pain control but also coach the back pain patient to be physical in the safest way possible. (3) If you are that patient, Disc Centers Of America is your coach! We’re a team and can help you move better and with less fear and deliver gentle, relieving spinal manipulation. Three months of chiropractic manipulation and exercise for older adults with chronic back pain improved their self-efficacy and fear-avoidant behaviors as well as reductions in disability. A 30% or more reduction in the Oswestry Disability Index indicated positive response to care. (4) The more engaged a patient is with treatment, the greater the influence on the feeling of self-efficacy and disability reduction. (5) Let’s work together to manage your Buffalo, NY back pain so it does not control you. 

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Tom Menendez on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for an older patient with back pain for whom fear avoidance is logical.

Schedule your Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment now so that if you are questioned whether you fear back pain, you can say “no”!

 Disc Centers Of America understands why back pain sufferers fear movement and helps them get past it to move and exercise.
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