Treatment of Back Pain

How To Get Relief From Lower Back Pain


Fortunately for those who suffer from lower back pain, episodes of this condition do not often last long. In fact, most of episodes last from a few days to a few weeks and rarely do they last more than three months. If they do, then you are advised to consult a doctor since pain may just be a symptom of a far more serious injury or disorder.

 In most cases, certain pain management methods may be used to achieve lower back pain relief. The treatment could range from use of nonprescription drugs to massage therapies and traditional remedies like acupuncture and the like.

 Below are some of the more popular methods used for lower back pain relief:

 Home Remedies
Home remedies for lower back pain relief are your first line of treatment when you suffer from this disorder.

Over the Counter Medication
You may take nonprescription lower back pain relief medications, such as:

Aspirin
Ibuprofen
Acetaminophen

Cold/Hot Compress
In addition, you may also apply a cold or heat pack to the painful area. Leave the compress on for five to ten minutes at a time. This lower back pain relief treatment is advisable if you have been suffering pain for the first 24-48 hours.

Constant Motion
Constant motion is also advised. Some therapists prescribe resting your back but this lower back pain relief method is only amenable for one to two days. After that period has passed and you still suffer from pain, restrain from resting your back as this could weaken your muscles, leading to a slower recovery. Instead, continue on with your daily activities even though it’s painful.

However, do take steps in protecting your back from excessive strain while you do these activities, and if possible, avoid doing strenuous activities.

Exercise
Among the activities that could offer lower back pain relief is exercise. To manage pain, you may do any of the following:

Walk short distances
Stretch and do flexibility exercises
Use a stationary bicycle
Swim

Professional Treatment
Lower back pain relief from the medical community or professional healthcare is a fairly limited option. Because there is usually no abnormality or injury to treat, the number of treatment options is very low. Doctors often conduct a radiological examination or get X-rays of the person’s back. This is to see if there are any abnormalities in the vertebrae – whether the bones are not aligned properly or bulging or ruptured disks (herniated).