Chronic Pain

What to Do When You Throw-Out Your Back

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What Type of Back Pain Do You Have?

First, it’s important to identify the type of back pain you have. How long has it lasted?


If your back pain has been persistent for less than a month, it’s called acute pain. If your pain has been around for one to three months, it’s called subacute. Either way, time will help both conditions.

Exercise to Help Pain

The worst thing you can do for back pain is lie around. This will only promote weakened muscles and deconditioning.


Exercise, on the other hand, is the best way to bounce back. While you’ll want to avoid over doing it, especially with exercises that target the lower back, the goal is to return to being active.

Natural Ways to Treat Back Pain

Heat

  • Using a heating pad on your back for 15 minutes at a time throughout the day can help alleviate some of the pain you feel.

Massage

  • Massage, especially a sports massage or deep tissue massage, can greatly help with pain and facilitate faster healing.

Acupuncture

  • Another all natural way to treat back pain, acupuncture has been getting a lot of attention recently due to its ability to help with pain. Although needles are involved, there is no pain from the procedure. 

Medication for Back Pain

If the pain is severe enough, you can consider using a non-steroidal inflammatory medication, which is available over-the-counter. These include ibuprofen and naproxen.


You can also visit your doctor for prescription muscle relaxants such as baclofen and tizanidine. These should only be used in the short term. Do not allow yourself to become reliant upon them to return to your normal routine.

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