Pain in any part of the body can be bothersome and cause one to be relatively unproductive, but thankfully there are tons of ways to address and resolve pain depending on where it is located. Lower back pain in particular is not unheard of and even has a handful of doable remedies that people can follow even while they are in the comfort and simplicity of home.
Lower back pain in particular is quite common especially among adults. It may occur due to strain, pregnancy, or other underlying conditions. Regardless of the cause, it is usually disruptive of one’s productivity if left to be unresolved.
There are two types of pain: one is acute, and the other is chronic. Pain that lasts lesser than three months falls under the former, while pain felt on the lower back for over three months is considered to be chronic. In determining the treatment method to be pursued, the doctor usually considers the duration at which pain has been occurring.
Treatment of lower back pain usually varies, depending on the cause and the patient’s particular conditions. Generally, though, back pain that is due to strain should resolve in a matter of days, especially when the following remedies are applied:
- Cold application
– You may have heard that heat does well in soothing the muscles and improving circulation, but in the case of lower back pain, it can make way for inflammation to occur. As such, cold application is more advisable especially during the first 48 hours of pain. This can be done by pressing a pack of ice gently against the painful area. After 48 hours of cold application, heat therapy may then be applied.
– It is common knowledge (and somehow a natural reflex) for an individual to temporarily immobilize, if not minimize movement of any injured part. However, it must always be remembered that too much resting will actually do more harm than good on any injury. If you are experiencing lower back pain, it’s recommended that you rest for a day or two and then get back on the daily grind after that. Of course, if your daily routine includes lifting humongous objects for the entire day, then you may have to minimize on that for a longer while.
- Pain medication
– There are a number of drugs that provide lower back pain treatment. Among the most widely used are NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) and aspirin. The former takes care of any inflammation, fever, and pain, and so does the latter except that it does not reduce inflammation to any level. Care must be taken with aspirin, though, as it has been found to increase chances of Reye’s syndrome among people under 20 years of age.
The aforementioned three are the most common and are generally effective methods to provide relief for lower back pain. Should you find that the pain you are experiencing remains to be unresolved with these basic methods, it might be time to call up your doctor and ask for advice.
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Cedric Loiselle is a passionate writer for health and fitness. For pain management, he recommends Domangue Neurology, a team of expert health care specialists who render services to patients suffering from chronic and acute pain.