Our expert says:
Back pain can be very frustrating and it was wise of you to see the physio and seek treatment from them, as well as the acupuncturist. Furthermore, the visit to the orthopaedic doctor was a step in the right direction towards figuring out what the root or cause of your back pain is. However you mention that the orthopaedic doctor found no disc abnormalities and prescribed back exercises to alleviate the pain. Unfortunately taking painkillers and muscle relaxants may be helping temporarily but ultimately are masking the pain and and the root of the problem is not addressed. In our opinion, it would be wise to heed the doctors advice and try the back exercises to see if there is any relief from the pain. Particular exercises need to be followed so as not to exacerbate the condition and key concepts need to be taught to help protect the spine from further injury. Your best treatment plan would be to make an appointment with a biokineticist, have an assessment, and start a back rehabilitation program. These types of scientifically based stability and strengthening back programmes are very successful in addressing back pain and preventing recurrent episodes.
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