Back Pain Treatments
October 20, 2012 Back Pain Treatment
Back pain treatments can range from something as simple as resting the injured muscle to as radical as surgery. Before beginning any treatment, you must have a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Some causes of back pain require immediate medical intervention, while others may respond to the application of moist heat, anti-inflammatory medications, and muscle strengthening exercises.The majority of back pain is related to some type of muscle strain which puts stress on the spine. Most back pain is located in the lower back, which bears most of the body weight. It is easy to injure or “pull” a muscle with activities as simple as reaching, lifting, or twisting. Once the muscle becomes inflamed, it puts pressure on the spine which, in turn, leads to back pain.In many cases, back pain will go away within a few days simply with the use of anti-inflammatory medication and reducing the stress on the affected muscle. If the pain does not resolve itself within a few days, or if it increases, it’s important to see your doctor. It may be necessary to enhance the healing process with some type of therapy such as the use of Sonic Relief ultrasound.
If ultrasound therapy has been recommended by your healthcare professional, check out what’s available at AidYourBack.com. You don’t have to make the trip to a physical therapist or a chiropractor to get the benefits of ultrasound therapy twice a week. Instead, you can have the convenience of a portable unit for home use. The makers of Sonic Relief recommend as much as three treatments per day for maximum benefit.
Some Proven Steps to Prevent Back Pain:
Low back pain and degenerative disc disease treatmentsThe treatment options for degenerative disc disease are either passive or active. Usually a combination of treatments is used to help control the symptoms. Passive treatments are rarely effective on their own – some active component is almost always required. Ahh… ice massage for pain relief Most episodes of back pain are caused by muscle strain. When injured, the large muscles in the low back can become inflamed and spasm, causing low back pain and significant stiffness. Ice massage therapy can provide pain relief by slowing the inflammation and swelling that occurs after back injury and muscle strain, helping to slow the nerve impulses in the affected area.
Office chair advice
Most people know that sitting hunched forward while in an office chair is not good for their backs, but they don’t know how to stop doing it. This article reviews a simple, practical way to counteract the tendency to hunch forward and keep the body anchored to the back of the office chair.
Strengthening exercise program for low back pain relief
Strengthening exercises help stabilize the spine and decrease stress on the lower back and pelvis. Most spinal stabilization exercise programs include strengthening both the abdominal and gluteal muscles. The key is an exercise program that is simple and easily done
A healthy weight for a healthy back
Obese and overweight patients may be surprised to learn that they have an increased risk for certain back conditions such as osteoarthritis, where their extra weight puts extra pressure on their joints. This article helps to explain why maintaining a healthy weight level is particularly necessary for back pain patients.
Review of adjustable beds
Patients with back pain should be especially choosy about the type of bed and mattress they sleep on. There is very little research in general about what types of mattresses and beds are best for the back—and no real medical research about adjustable beds. This article answers questions about how an adjustable bed works and how it could potentially help some patients to sleep more comfortably in an inclined position rather than on a flat mattress.
Food for thought: diet and nutrition for a healthy back
Patients with back problems may not be aware that diet and nutrition play a major role in nourishing spinal structures, preventing problems and healing from injuries. Using these nutrition guidelines, patients can integrate back-friendly vitamins and nutrients (especially calcium) into their diets.