Back Pain Treatment

If you’ve ever had even a twinge in your back, then you know how that pain can affect your life. There are several treatments available for sciatica pain and back pain, both acute and chronic.

Acute back pain treatments

Maybe you were out playing with your kids and having fun. The next morning, you roll out of bed and are met with a huge pain in your lower back. It feels like someone hit you with a 2×4. You still have to get out of bed and get to work, though.

  1. Medication – The one most often taken is over-the-counter remedies like ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen. Ibuprofen and naproxen fall into the category of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). They alleviate pain by reducing the inflammation associated with it. Taking too much medication can lead to ulcers, irritable bowel and upset stomach. It is also a sign that your back pain may need a different treatment.
  2. Massage – If you experience pain from poor ergonomics or an accident, a massage may be able to set things back to rights. There are different massage techniques to suit your needs and your pain.
  3. Ergonomics – We mentioned this a second ago. Whether you work at a desk or stand or bend, proper body alignment is always important. Learning how to keep your spine aligned with and without special devices can help an acute attack of pain from becoming chronic.

Chronic back pain treatments

This pain is caused by an incident or accident and it never went away. No matter what you have tried, the pain continues in some form. Usually it is bad enough to warrant changes in your lifestyle.

  1. Medication – These medications are usually prescription and stronger than what you were taking for acute back pain. Narcotics can become addictive if you are not careful.
  2. Surgery – Congenital problems with your back like disc problems or even bulging discs or pinched nerves can be treated with surgery to alleviate the majority of the pain. There will be pain management needs after surgery but at least the cause of the pain will hopefully have been eliminated with the surgical intervention.
  3. Injections – When there is chronic pain, especially back pain, one type of therapy is steroid injections. Cortisone is injected at the sight of pain for pain relief. There is initial pain with the procedure but over time, the injection takes hold. It may need to be repeated every three or four months as needed.
  4. Acupuncture – Acupuncture for back pain treatment is an alternative medical therapy that many people are utilizing. It doesn’t involve the use of drugs or cutting like surgery. A trained acupuncture professional uses sterile, single-use needles to locate the source of the pain and bring relief. Side effects are minimal. Some patients complain of lightheadedness after a session but that is easily resolved. With repeat sessions, pain can be managed well alone or combined with more traditional back pain therapy.

There are several treatment options for back pain. Combining them can create an effective therapy for you.

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