Alternative Names Backache; Low back pain; Lumbar pain; Pain - back; Acute back pain; Back pain - new; Back pain - short-term Treatment To get better quickly, take the right steps when you first get pain. Here are some tips for how to handle pain early on: Stop normal physical activity for the first few days. This helps calm your symptoms and reduce inflammation. Apply heat or ice to the painful area. Try ice for the first 48-72 hours, then use heat. Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). While sleeping, try lying in a curled-up, fetal position with a pillow between your legs. If you usually sleep on your back, place a pillow or rolled towel under your knees to relieve pressure. A common misbelief about back pain is that you need to rest and avoid activity for a long time. In fact, bed rest is NOT recommended . You may want to reduce your activity only for the first couple of days. Then, slowly start your usual activities after that....
Almost every Sunday morning, I wake up early so I can turn on CBS Sunday Morning, which airs informative stories that often last for 6-7 minutes (as opposed to the snapshot you get from watching the evening news). During yesterday’s show, CBS correspondent Martha Teichner reported that eight out of 10 Americans will have debilitating back pain during their lifetime, causing them to have difficulty walking, bending over or even lying down.
This back pain often is called by problems with the disc. One possibility is that the disc is worn out and arthritic; however some people experience a herniated disc, which means the fluid between the discs is squeezed out, thus placing pressure on nerves. "You need to make sure the patient doesn't have tumor or infection, but once you rule those out, you can be confident that you're not going to harm the patient by saying, 'OK, give yourself four to six weeks.'" Harvard Medical School Professor Augustus White told Teichner. The st...
Backache; Low back pain; Lumbar pain; Pain - back
Exercise is important for preventing future back pain. Through exercise you can:
Improve your posture
Strengthen your back and improve flexibility
A complete exercise program should include aerobic activity (like walking, swimming, or riding a stationary bicycle) as well as stretching and strength training.
To prevent back pain, it is also very important to learn to lift and bend properly. Follow these tips:
If an object is too heavy or awkward, get help.
Spread your feet apart to give a wide base of support.
Stand as close to the object you are lifting as possible.
Bend at your knees, not at your waist.
Tighten your stomach muscles as you lift the object up or lower it down.
Hold the object as close to your body as you can.
Lift using your leg muscles.
As you stand up with the ob...
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