A wide-ranged approach for relief from back pain

Back pain should never be neglected. Very often we take the back pain too lightly to give any space to the medical interventions; it’s just that as the symptoms increase, we tend to consult a doctor. Before beginning any back pain treatment program, be sure you know your diagnosis, and discuss the treatment plan aimed at providing relief from back pain with your doctor. Most of the causes responsible for back pain do not require surgical interventions and respond well to the medical and supportive management. There is no fixed set of rules to experience relief from back pain; while certain measures work in some people, they may not work in others.

Rest

The first step in the journey to get relief from back pain is to rest the spine. Because most cases of back pain are due to muscle strain, it is important to avoid further disturbance to the spine and the para-spinal muscles. A bed rest of short duration, not more than 3-4 days, is recommended in acute phases for getting better. Prolonged bed rest can actually lead to more persistent back pain.

Anti Inflammatory Analgesics

NSAIDs, are helpful in treatment of both back pain and the associated inflammation of the musculature. There are both over-the-counter and prescription NSAIDs, and both work well to provide relief from back pain. Side-effects of NSAIDs include problems of GI bleeding, and these medications should be avoided in patients with stomach ulcers.

Heat Application

Applications of heat packs help ease much of the discomfort associated with muscle spasm causing relief from back pain. Patients can use heating pad, hot water bottles, or even a hot bath to help ease the muscle discomfort that often causes low back pain.

Exercises

Strengthening of back muscles is probably the most important step in treatment of most causes of back pain. By increasing strength and flexibility of back muscles, weight is better distributed, and less force is placed on the spine.

Narcotic Pain Medications

These are excellent agents causing relief from back pain, but these can be dangerous, addictive medications. Using narcotic medications must be under close supervision, and only for a limited period of time. Prolonged use of narcotic medication can be dangerous.

Muscle Relaxers

Muscle relaxing medications can be very helpful in the treatment of some types of back pain. These agents are sold under the various dosages and trade names. These medications help to relieve muscle spasm, but may also make patients quite drowsy.

Epidural Steroid Injections

Epidural steroid injections are an option for getting relief from back pain and inflammation around the spinal nerves. An epidural steroid injection is performed using an x-ray to guide the medication to the area adjacent to the inflamed spinal nerve.

Spine Surgery

Usually a step when extensive efforts at conservative treatment for relief from back pain fails to relieve symptoms. Read on to learn about different types of spine surgery and the types of back pain these treatments may help.

The advice for people who are not finding relief from back pain is to find out a physician (orthopedist or general internist) you are comfortable and confident with, and work with him or her for at minimum several months–too many people jump from physician to physician and miss out on a complete evaluation. You have to understand that back pain is often not a quick or easy fix. A dedicated approach to physical therapy and exercises often will alleviate back pain. Relief from back pain is a comprehensive approach and you must not forget the basics.

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