Almost everyone experiences some level of back pain at some point in their lives. Fortunately, most back pain symptoms can be relieved within a few weeks through conventional measures. If you are coping with the discomfort caused by back pain, EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region recommends the following:
Often times, over-the-counter pain medications help alleviate back pain. Try an anti-inflammatory drug such as Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Nuprin, or Tylenol but be sure to talk to a doctor or pharmacist prior to taking any of these drugs. A conversation with a medical professional about over-the-counter medications is important because some of these drugs may negatively interact with other medications you are currently taking. In addition to medications, you can also apply a heating pad or ice to the painful area.
A Good Night’s Sleep
A good night’s sleep can soothe inflamed joints and repair strained muscles while easing back pain. In order to ensure you sleep well at night, make sure that you own a comfortable bed and mattress. You should also attempt to sleep on your side on a firm surface in order to prevent any curvature of the spine that may worsen back pain. Sleeping with a pillow between your knees may help as well.
Stretching and Gentle Exercises
Contrary to popular belief, resting is not ideal for individuals with back pain. Resting can actually decrease muscle strength and exacerbate back pain. Instead of resting, stretching, going for a walk, participating in a yoga or pilates class, and engaging in other forms of gentle physical activity is highly encouraged. It’s also a good idea to exercise on a regular basis in order to stretch and strengthen your muscles and as a result, minimize or completely eliminate back pain.
If your back pain persists after trying to relieve it on your own, you will need to see a spine expert at EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region. When you visit us, you can expect a detailed physical evaluation of your back, as well as an evaluation to determine your ability to stand, walk, sit, and lift your legs. A diagnostic test and scan such as an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI scan may also be necessary.
Following the evaluation, you will be provided a custom back pain treatment plan that will help you find the relief you deserve. To schedule an appointment or learn more about back pain treatment options at EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region, contact us today.