When you think of the holiday season, taking care of yourself and dealing with chronic pain might not be the first thought that comes to mind. But, maybe it should be.
If you suffer from chronic back pain, added stress and activity from the holidays can leave you feeling anything but festive. In fact, increased stress and anxiety can actually worsen physical pain for chronic pain suffers.
Rather than allowing the holidays to intensify your pain and increase negative feelings associated with it, our spine experts recommend using this holiday season – specifically, any time off from work – to improve your quality of life by focusing on ways to find relief for your back pain.
While finding the right treatment for your painful condition won’t necessarily happen overnight, here are three helpful suggestions on how to best utilize this time of year to take control of your back pain and start your road to recovery.
1. Research Treatment Options
During time off from work or holiday festivities, set aside some time to properly research your symptoms, possible causes, and options regarding treatment. Doing research using trustworthy sources can give you a better understanding of your potential spine condition and even reveal new treatment options that you may not have been aware of.
If your research leads you to additional or more in-depth questions about your symptoms and treatment options that require an expert opinion, consider scheduling an appointment with a spine specialist to discuss specific topics in more detail. Or, to save time, request a free phone consultation with the experts at Champey Pain & Spine Group now by clicking the button below.
2. Schedule Your Appointments
Depending on how familiar you are with seeking help for your pain, it’s important to know that many treatments can’t be signed off on after only one visit to the doctor. In many cases, it takes a number of trips to the doctor’s office before the actual procedure takes place. For example, the first step for many pain sufferers with potential spine conditions is to first undergo an MRI. Then, a necessary consultation with a spine surgeon is done to discuss the results and treatment options. Regardless of the treatment path, it will almost always require at least one additional visit to begin the course of treatment.
Because of this process – which is done to ensure the the right treatment is being chosen for every unique case – the holidays are the perfect time to get these appointments scheduled and taken care of while you may have extra down time.
3. Take Advantage of Time Off for Your Recovery
If you’re at a point in your journey where more conservative treatments have failed to produce lasting results and it’s time to explore more permanent fixes, such as minimally invasive spine surgery, the holiday break can be the perfect time to undergo treatment. Time off from work not only allows you to schedule your procedure, but it also gives you plenty of time to rest, which expedites your recovery period and increase the chances for success for many procedures – especially surgery!
How Champey Pain & Spine Can Help
A Champey Pain & Spine Group, we know that dealing with a chronic, painful condition is never easy, but it can be especially hard to deal with over the holiday season. Using this time to take control over your pain, and begin your road to recovery can be extremely beneficial. If you have questions about this post, or would like to speak to one of our spine specialists, please contact us today by clicking the button below.