Masthead header

medication and back pain

Why your Back Pain can get worse with pain killers

Today a client  had a massive crisis with back pain.  Her muscular-skeletal back problem had returned a couple of weeks ago so she ended up taking strong pain killers to help.  As soon as the medication for the back pain began to do it's job she presumed her back was getting better and started moving a lot more again.  Going to work, sitting in the car…..   The problem with pain relief medication is that it can dull the pain that sends you the messages about good posture or how not to move your body in a way that is going to aggravate your underlying back pain condition. 

How to avoid your condition getting worse

If you are taking strong pain killers for a muscular-skeletal back pain it is vital to make sure you do not over-use or stress that part of your body as you will not be able to feel the added aggravation and damage to the muscles and joints in the area.  In the end you can make the problem worse to these areas.

Do Not Overuse that part of your body

My advice is if you are on strong medication, for an injury or recurring back pain problem that has just been triggered.  Take the medication but avoid overusing that area of your body.  Then wait until you cut down the medication and see if the pain levels have improved without it.  Only then is it safe to presume that the condiion is healing, rather than just pain being masked.

Back to top