Many different procedures are available for back pain and similar problems. If you’re considering back surgery, we would advise you to first think about nonsurgical, non-invasive treatments, or so-called conservative methods.
The medical community is now also considering better solutions because things can go wrong for patients and also the cost for society is huge.
Those who should go for back surgery are the ones whose pain comes from infections and tumor or because of the mechanical problem of the spine.
In other cases, there are different possibilities to consider.
The time factor
In many cases, back problems get better over time. So, you should wait for a while — the pain may go away.
See the doctor if together with back pain you develop the fever or you can’t control your bladder or bowel.
Use ice and heat
In the acute stage of your pain, ice can help to reduce numbness and inflammation (swelling). Apply cold towel or ice pack.
The heat can reduce stiffness. Apply heat for about 15 minutes (it can be a hot pack or a warm bath/shower).
Try alternating between the two. Use the heat, and then a few hours later, use ice.
Rest can help at the beginning, but afterward, you should stay physically active and keep moving.
Do stretches and strength exercises. Tai chi and yoga can do much for you.
Muscles need to keep moving and bear weight to continue to support the body. Also, introduce a daily walk. Stay active.
Exercise helps to keep the right posture, and also helps you feel well psychologically!
Take painkillers when you need them
Some painkillers not only reduce pain but also fight inflammation. Such ones are ibuprofen or aspirin. Although, be cautious with it and don’t use it for a long time.
If your back pain lasts more then two weeks, you should seek a physical therapist. There is a passive and an active part of physical therapy. Passive is when the therapist does one of the following procedures:
- Heat and ice packs
The active part is composed of a variety of exercises that you will do together with the therapist and also by yourself.
Keep in mind that what works for one person, may not work for another. Find what is best for you, what gives you relief.
Call Back & Body Medical for a consultation. We would gladly help!