Back pain is a major health concern for many people in the USA that can interfere with personal work and life. In fact, research shows that 80 percent of America’s population will experience low back pain, and the problem costs the country over $100 billion every year.
If you suffer from spinal pain, here are popular natural remedies you can do yourself and special treatments from a specialist for back pain relief.
For home remedies, using an ice pack and over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen, and aspirin will do the trick.
Some people find a hot water bottle placed on the affected area, helps relieve pain. Similarly, an ice pack can also help relieve the back pain in the short term.
Another option is pain relievers, opiods or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) drugs. You can get them from pharmacies. NSAIDs may not be suitable for everyone, so check the instructions in the box to see if you can take the drug. If you’re not sure, consult a pharmacist.
Simple back stretches and exercises accompanied by bedrest can often reduce back pain. The good news is that these exercises can be done at home.
For mild pain, you can start with a normal walk for a few days, then gradually resume to your routine exercises over time. Pilates exercises help strengthen the abdominal and back muscles which are necessary to keep the spine stable. You can avoid further back injury by incorporating stretching exercises and avoid lifting heavy things.
For severe back pain, consider visiting a physiotherapist for further advice. They will provide the right information about the appropriate back exercises to try at home.
Take A Rest
Relaxing is an important part of relieving the back pain. Worrying about the condition can make the situation worse. Although it may sound difficult, staying positive can also help you recover from the problem quite quickly. Try it from time to time.
This is a process where a therapist uses their hand to massage the muscles, joints, and bones in and around your spine. The process is normally carried out by chiropractors, physiotherapists, or osteopaths.
Physical therapy can help relieve back pain, but it should combine with exercises. Massage therapy is also seen to alleviate depression and anxiety associated with chronic back pain. It is commonly done to pregnant women who suffer from low back pain.
The healing practice that traces its origin in ancient Chinese can be used to relieve back pain.
So how does acupuncture work?
According to a Chinese medicine study, chronic pain is a result of blocked energy that forms along the highpoints of the body. It can be unlocked by placing thin acupuncture needles into your skin through these invisible points. The process triggers the release of a hormone called endorphins, the body’s natural pain reliever, or send signals to your brain to release neurochemicals for higher pain tolerance.
It works best when used with other treatment methods.
Specialist in chiropractic uses spinal manipulation techniques to treat acute back pain. The process involves the manual application of a considerable amount of force to the joints that are subject to muscle injury, pain, inflammation, and strain. Manipulation is believed to relieve muscle tightness and pain leading to gradual healing.
It is recommended to get chiropractic adjustments as soon as you hurt your back to prevent more acute problems.
For more chronic and severe back pain, the last option is surgery. The process is recommended when you have a medical condition such as a slipped disc, sciatica, and other treatments fail to work.
An alternative procedure known as radiofrequency denervation may be used from time to time when you experience back pain for a long period, mild or severe pain, or your pain comes from the joints in your spine.
The process involves inserting several needles into the affected area. Then radio waves are used to heat the nerves in the area, to prevent them from sending pain signals to the brain. The doctor will use local anesthesia to numb your back until the procedure is done.
As is the case with most surgical procedures, radiofrequency poses some risks including bruising, bleeding, nerve damage, and infection. It is important to discuss the possible risks with the surgeon before the procedure is done.
Back pain can develop into acute problems if not treated as soon as it starts. People often use home remedies to treat normal back pain. However, for chronic and severe back pain, it is important to speak to a doctor.
It is also important to note that self-treating with alternative treatment and delaying immediate health attention can be harmful to your overall health.
Stay safe by using these back-pain remedies. If you would like to discuss more of this, contact us today to find a Midsouth Pain Treatment Center branch near you in Tennessee or Mississippi.
Topics: Physician, Treatment, back pain, low back pain, pain treatment, Pain Awareness