We are all stuck in pain during some part of our lives. For the vast majority of us, chronic back pain is usually something that we have to manage for a large proportion of our lives. So how do we go about this? Too often many terms are thrown about without much understanding about what they actually mean. For the vast majority of patients, these seem quite convinced that they have sciatica, which means that there is usually nerve compression at the level of the disc in your back or when the nerve actually exists at the hip.
However, for the most part, such back pain with actual nerve impingement is actually quite rare. The overwhelming majority of cases are usually muscle sprain that can be quite intense and usually needs a regimen of treatments to overcome.
If you do have shooting pains down one leg or numbing or tingling in one leg over the other associated with weakness then you should see your doctor urgently. If you also have new loss of feeling or even bowel or bladder incontinence these are urgent signs that June to be evaluated by a doctor urgently.
Here I will try to lead you through few regimens of treatments to try and get you through acute muscle phase of back pain.
Heat and topical analgesics:
The majority of back pain apply direct hit to the area via a water bottle or warming patches increase blood flow to the affected area resulting in a comfortable sensation of warmth that tends to block the same pain receptors from sending pain signals back along the same path. Not only that it increases blood flow and stimulates healing. This is always a good and first initial step.
Use of anti-inflammatory properties:
Try also to use topical creams with anti-inflammatory properties. They are many such creams with different formulations of aspirin such as salicylate that I usually well absorbed into the muscle without getting absorbed into the bloodstream to affect organs. These are always good first remedies.
Indeed a lot of back pain as previously mentioned is usually because of muscle sprain. Local massage tends to ease up of the spasm and contracture of large muscles of the back that are providing such pain. However I would not recommend chiropractic procedures that tend to manipulate the spine. Deep tissue massage is useful not cracking the back.
Acetaminophen and ibuprofen:
Taking both of these medications together can be a powerful analgesic. However try to remain below the maximum dosing as seen on the bottle and to take them only three times a day. What we found is that the combination of acetaminophen and ibuprofen when taken together can be powerful analgesics equivalent to that of opioid medications. Not only that they also give good anti-inflammatory effect which is what stimulates the pain in the first place.
Of Course, Perhaps the most important thing is exercising as well as slowly doing stretches to alleviate the spasm and muscle strain of the back. There are numerous exercises online for lumbosacral strain or spasm. However as with any exercise always start slowly and carefully. Start off with only doing a few minutes a day and slowly increase by a few minutes every day. In the long run it is only exercise as well as back stretching that over time will strengthen the muscles of the back making them stronger and less prone towards spasm. What we have found is that even gentle yoga at home is equivalent to the best of physiotherapy sessions.
Think about investing in a TENS unit. This stand for trans-electrical nerve stimulation that sends small electrical signals into the nerves and muscles of the back. Of course, if you have any kind of pacemaker for your heart, you should not use such a device. However, it can be the powerful agent where it can again block pain transmission from the area that is injured so that it lessens the amount of pain that you feel.
So, there you have it folks, few powerful ways in which you can alleviate your own back pain. Remember what we discussed about warning or alarm symptoms with regard to back pain. These include again weakness, numbness, shooting pain or any problems with your bowel or bladder. These should always be promptly investigated. Always talk to your doctor regarding dosing of acetaminophen or ibuprofen especially if you have any liver or kidney problems.
More than any medication that we give it really is all about slow stretching as well as exercise that can really help to strengthen your back in the long run, leading you towards less episodes where you can send your back into an acute spasm.
In the long run a stronger back is always the best way to prevent any future injury.