Osteoporosis pain usually involves suffer from agonizing fractures, which can take a few months to mend. On the whole, the pain stops as the fracture repairs. New fractures are likely to heal in about three months. Osteoporosis pain that goes on after that time period is usually considered chronic pain.
A cause of chronic osteoporosis pain is vertebral fractures. While some people have no pain during vertebra, others have muscle spasms and suffer from pain that last long after the fracture has healed.
Pain is the body’s way informing you that you have an injury. When your bones break, nerves send pain messages through the spinal cord to the brain, which interprets them.
Your emotional attitude can set the way you react to pain. Depression seems to increase pain perception and it also decreases your ability to cope with it. Treat the depression and you will treat the pain at the same time.
Chronic osteoporosis pain lasts beyond the usual time for healing. It interferes with normal life. While the injury has healed, the pain continues. The pain message may be triggered by muscle tension, weakness, spasms, or stiffness.
Your feelings of anger or fear can worse the osteoporosis pain, no matter what its cause. Chronic pain affects all areas of your life and should be taken seriously. Consult your physician about managing chronic osteoporosis pain.
Some classic dealing with pain methods include using heat and ice, undergoing Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), using braces or supports, exercise, physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage.
One option will be using hot showers or hot packs to ease chronic pain. Alternatively, cold packs or ice packs can also relieve pain. In either case, apply the pack to your skin for 15 to 20 minutes.
Exercise is another option because it raises the body’s level of endorphins which are natural pain killers produced by the brain.
Physical therapy can help you learn correct posture and movements to build up your muscles without weakening your spinal column. Water therapy is much recommended for chronic osteoporosis pain sufferers.
Acupuncture can stimulate nerves which trigger the brains to release endorphins.
Don’t expect to be cured in one session, though. Acupuncture applies direct pressure through the use of special needles to the areas that trigger pain.
As a final point, massage therapy can help you handle chronic osteoporosis pain. It can be a light, slow circular motion with the fingertips or a deep kneading motion that moves from the center of the body. Massages relieve pain, relaxes stiff muscles, and smoothes out muscle knots. If you have spinal osteoporosis, deep muscle massage should not be done on the back.
To conclude, those are some methods to deal with chronic pain.