How to Treat Back Pain

How to Treat Back Pain

There are a lot of causes for back pain. For one, it can be caused by repetitive movements such as lifting heavy boxes at work with bending and twisting movements. It may also be caused by regular activities such as sports and exercise, causing back muscle strain and spasms.

Two, it can also be caused by static or stationary positions such as sitting in front of the computer or standing for long hours. Three, back pain may also be caused by natural processes such as aging and pregnancy. Four, back pain may also be caused by an accident, which resulted to fracture of the spinal column, herniation and bulging of the disks, damage to the soft tissues of the back, etc.

Rest

Back pain, depending upon the severity, can be treated at home. The most common treatment for back pain is rest. If you stop your usual activities for a few days, it will allow the injured and damaged tissues to heal. Once they heal, the pain will subside, allowing you to move pain-free once again.

Cold and Hot Packs

You can also hasten up the process of healing by applying hot or cold packs over the painful site. Of note though, if the back injury is recent, then cold packs are applicable. Cold prevents further swelling and inflammation at the injured site. However, if the injury is more than 24 hours, then hot packs are more advisable. Heat helps relax the injured muscles and allow good blood circulation in the affected site, which can help reduce swelling and inflammation.

Cold and heat packs should be used for only about 20 minutes though, as too long can cause frostbite and burns.

Massage

You can also massage the area that’s causing you pain. The massaging action causes the back muscles to loosen up, relaxing it and allowing blood to flow more freely. The increased blood circulation, in turn, helps to decrease the swelling and inflammation at the site. It also helps wash away Substance P, which is a neurotransmitter that is associated with pain.

Medications

If the back pain is not relieved by the methods mentioned earlier, then you can try using nonprescription pain medications such as ibuprofen. Ibuprofen can reduce pain and discomfort for a while, but the pain returns though once the medication wears off.

If you want stronger pain meds, then you can visit your doctor and have your back pain seen. If your back pain warrants it, then he may prescribe you with a prescription pain medication. It’s stronger and lasts longer than over-the-counter pain meds.

Of note though, being on pain meds has risks, especially if you’re going to be on it for a long period of time.

Operations and Surgeries

Back pain not controlled by all those mentioned above may need surgery and operation. However, before you undergo surgical procedures to treat back pain, you will have to go through extensive examinations first, including laboratory tests.

Persistent back pain caused by an accident is very difficult to deal with, especially if the only remedy to relieve it is surgery. You should know though that you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused you the injury. The monetary compensation that you can get when you win the case can help you a lot.

Jennifer Dalbeck is a freelance content writer for several personal injury blogs, including http://bobcohenlaw.com/ She writes articles regarding accidents, how you can avoid it, and what you can do should you be a victim of one.

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