Updated Mar 2016

questions to ask yourself

Questions to Ask Yourself about Low Back Pain

Many Issues, Many Questions

Frequency and Duration

  • Is your back pain acute or chronic?
  • Does your current treatment help you in the long term?
  • After sitting or lying down for any length of time, does your back feel better or worse?
  • Does your pain vary during the day?
  • Is your pain worse in the morning?
  • Is it uncomfortable for you to stand for long periods of time?
  • Does the pain become easier to tolerate later in the day?
  • Does it feel as if the pain has resolved or become easier to manage later in the day, only to return the next day?
  • How long does your pain last? Infrequently, constantly or does it vary?
  • Does your pain come and go unpredictably?
  • How much time are you willing to dedicate to exercise?
  • When you stretch, how long do you hold your stretch for?

Symptoms and Activities

  • Is your pain accompanied with stiffness and tightness?
  • Do you need to sleep in bed in any special position to feel comfortable?
  • Do you wake up frequently from back pain?
  • It is difficult to dress in the morning? Socks? Shoes?
  • Are basic chores becoming too challenging for you now?
  • Does it help your back to move around often or does sitting help?
  • Does low back pain have you feeling tired, fatigued, physically, or emotionally drained?
  • Are you able to perform regular activities without any concern for pain, or are you cautious?
  • Are long commutes difficult for you?
  • Do you find it more convenient or necessary to use pain medication as a treatment?

Medical Options

  • Have you been medically evaluated or diagnosed for you pain yet?
  • Do you know if your low back pain is skeletal or muscular in nature?
  • If your treatment helps to address your pain, do you need to use it often to manage the pain?
  • Does your pain return if you do not remain on your current treatment?
  • How much time do you think you require to effectively treat you low back pain?
  • How much time do you have now to treat your pain?
  • How much time are you willing to dedicate to a treatment plan?
  • Do you need pain medication for relief?  Is the relief only from the medication?
  • Is you medical doctor able to recommend exercise at this time for your treatment for you low back pain?
  • Is your medical doctor or back specialist providing you with any specialized exercises or standard ones?
  • Are the current treatment options that you have now working?
  • Does it feel like your pain cannot be helped or do you still believe that there is something that can be done?
  • Do you believe that your low back pain is long term and permanent?
  • Are you current seeking any treatment for your pain?

Exercise Options

  • If you were asked to perform basic stretches, would you be able to?
  • Does the idea of exercising to treat the pain unsettle you?  Do you think it will aggravate it?
  • Do you feel too physically stiff, tight or uncomfortable to even consider and exercise plan?
  • Would you be willing to consider one if it was careful and considerate of your pain?
  • Would you be willing to consider one if it was designed for low back pain and not simply for exercise?
  • Would you like to use a program or exercise plan that had easy and careful movements?
  • Does your current exercise/treatment plan help your back to feel worse or better?
  • Are you dedicating enough time to exercising and stretching to manage and treat your back pain?
  • Are you on any specialized exercise routine currently?
  • If so, then how much time are you devoting to the routine?
  • Do you find the current exercises or stretches available easy to perform, or difficult?
  • Are you skeptical about the use of exercise or stretching for treatment?

Most of us that are affected have many of these questions in common. 

Answers to many of them are already familiar to you. 

Options to Explore

This site can help provide you with some answers.  It is important to seek proper help and treatment to better understand and address the underlying issues about your back pain.  An effective treatment plan will help with your long term requirements.  Always begin any treatment plan with consultation from your medical doctor.

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