Do you struggle with back pain?
Back pain is one of the most common reasons people see a doctor or miss days at work. Back pain can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp, or shooting pain. Most back pain can be treated through conservative care and a combination of several conservative treatments is often recommended to alleviate pain. In general, surgery for back pain is only considered if conservative measures fail.
Did you know that Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis?
It is also referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis. It occurs most frequently in the knees, hips, and hands. It is important to work on lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise which can be used in conjunction with physical therapy, injections, and medications. Some people are concerned that physical activity will make their arthritis worse, but joint-friendly physical activity can improve arthritis pain, function, and quality of life.
The bottom line
- Try conservative management strategies first
- Understand surgery is not a cure
- Recognize the risks of surgery
- Talk to your COPC primary care provider or a specialist
The COPC Musculoskeletal (MSK) program can help you navigate a conservative treatment plan and give you the tools to improve your lifestyle so you can remain functional in your daily activities.