Dealing With Back Pain
The spine has 33 bones along with tissue that extends from your skull through your pelvis. The bones protect your spinal cord, which is a cylinder of nerve tissue. Between each of your vertebrae is a cartilage band, which are shock absorbers.
What Causes Back Pain
Back pain isn’t as simple as it might seem. In fact, it can be very complex and the cause can be hard to pinpoint. There are a number of different types of back injuries that lead to back pain. When your physician is trying to determine the cause of your back pain he/she will do a full examine, talk to you about your symptoms, when they started, what you think you may have done (if anything), and your physician will also use tools like x-rays, MRI scans and CT scans to try to determine what is going on with your back.
Treating Back Pain at Home
1. Ice – The use of ice within the first 48 hours can help reduce inflammation and reduce pain. While the warmth of heat feels good it will actually increase inflammation.
2. Don’t stop moving – When we have a backache we tend to stop doing the things we normally do. By staying active, you can reduce the pain you feel especially with muscle pain. Some forms of exercise are more beneficial than others such as walking and swimming.
3. Remain strong – You can help to avoid future back pain by building up your core strength. A stronger core can help tremendously.
4. Stretch – Stretching can be an excellent tool in helping to keep your muscles stretched and pliable. 20 minutes of stretching daily can be very beneficial according to the experts.
5. Practice good posture – Many backaches are the result of poor posture especially sitting at a desk all day long, so focus on your posture and make sure you are sitting and standing tall.
6. Wear low heels – Heals can cause unstable posture and increase the pressure to your lower spine. So trade your heels for a comfortable pair of heels that are less than one inch.
7. Kick your smoking habit – Many are not aware that smoking actually increases your risk of osteoporosis of the spine and it can actually lead to compression fractures. In fact, one study found that smokers are 33 percent more likely to have lower back pain than those who don’t smoke.
NSAIDs are anti-inflammatory drugs that can be purchased over the counter. They can help to reduce inflammation and reduce your back pain. Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, and Motrin are common forms. Acetaminophen products like Tylenol are available over the counter and can reduce pain. In addition, your physician can prescribe stronger medications if your pain is not controlled with the OTC. Opioid drugs can be used to control pain in some cases.