Back pain ranges in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp or shooting pain. Chronic back pain is just that – it’s chronic and it sucks! Clinically, we defined as pain that continues for 12 weeks or longer. About 20 percent of people affected by acute low back pain develop chronic low back pain with persistent symptoms.
Most chronic back pain occurs in the lower across five vertebrae referred to as L1-L5 in the lumbar region, which supports much of the weight of the upper body. The spaces between the vertebrae are maintained by round, rubbery pads called intervertebral discs that act like shock absorbers throughout the spinal column to cushion the bones as the body moves. Bands of ligaments hold the vertebrae in place, and tendons attach the muscles to the spinal column. Thirty-one pairs of nerves are rooted to the spinal cord and they control body movements and transmit signals from the body to the brain.
Other regions of vertebrate are cervical (in the neck), thoracic (upper back), and sacral and coccygeal (below the lumbar area) segments.
How we attack back pain.
Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA). PEA targets the root cause of back pain, neuropathic pain caused by hyper-excitable neurons that lead to heightened Mast Cell activation. PEA works as a disease modifying agent rather than a symptom modifying agent. On commencing the protocol, an initial ‘loading’ dose is required. It is critical that patients are monitored to ensure that dosage levels are adequate. Typically, most ‘load’ on 1200mg daily but it is not unusual for doses to be increased to up to 2400mg for the most chronic back pain. After loading, sufferer’s dosage is reduced to a ‘maintenance’ dose which for most, is 600mg per day.
Elixir Compounding Pharmacy specialises in treating chronic pain. We develop patient-centred treatment protocols based largely on advanced nutrient therapies. We offer complementary phone consultations where we assess symptoms and recommend an individualised treatment protocol. So, if you or someone you know is fighting chronic back pain, contact Elixir today.