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Back pain can be an exhausting problem to deal with. And because it has so many causes, such as poor posture, ruptured or herniated disks, strained muscles, arthritis, abnormal curves in the spine, osteoporosis, and many others, many different forms of treatment may be necessary. This article will cover some types of back pain treatment that you can look into to bring you relief.
Though it may be tempting to rest through back pain, rest can actually exacerbate the problem. Instead of bed rest, it is best to keep up with most of your daily living. However, if an action results in a bad burst of pain do not strain or injure yourself further. It is good though to participate in light exercise so your back muscles don't tighten.
For back pain that results from an injury or has lasted less than a few weeks, use cold therapy to decrease inflammation. Once swelling, inflammation, and pain have lessened use heat therapy to bring back muscle flexibility and improve circulation which will deliver vital healing. You can also use cold therapy on your muscles immediately after exercise as a way to prevent muscle pain, and heat therapy in the morning to help wake up stiff muscles.
Seeing a chiropractor is another great non-invasive option for treating back pain. Chiropractors manipulate the spine to correct its alignment. When the spine is aligned, disks, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves will not be pinched or strained. Often just one appointment is enough to correct the problem.
A physical therapist can help you do specialized stretches that can treat problems like strained muscles. They can also teach you exercises that can bring relief when you're having a painful episode, and that you can do daily to build up strength in your back to prevent further injury and pain.
Stem Cell/PRP Therapy
A less common treatment for back pain is stem cell/PRP therapy. Stem cells and/or platelet-rich plasma can be injected into the back and the cells promote healing. Stem Cells take on the form of the cells around them, replacing damaged cells. Platelet-rich plasma has growth factors that boost the repair of inflamed or damaged tissue.
If necessary, medication can also be used to manage or treat back pain. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs are good for providing temporary relief. Muscle relaxers can be prescribed by a doctor for muscle injuries. Narcotics can also be prescribed but are not recommended because they do nothing to heal long-term issues.
Though back pain can be disheartening, there are many ways to treat it. Most treatments are non-invasive and some can even be done at your home. Be sure to consult with your doctor if your back pain persists so that they can help you find additional treatment.Share