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One of the most common problems seen in a primary care medical practice is low back pain. It accounts for more discomfort, lost work and productivity, and frustration for many patients than any other malady. Some think it is the price we, as humans, pay for walking upright. The lower back is a complex structure made of bone, muscles, connective tissue and nerves that, along with our legs, hold us erect, allow us to bend, run, twist, catch a football, or just lay down and rest. However, once a problem arises, the complexity of its structure makes pain in the lower back difficult to diagnose and treat. The lower back consists of a spinal column from the lumbar region of the mid-back down to the tail bone or coccyx. The spinal column consists of 5 lumbar vertebrae which are cylindrical bony structures with a ring like component behind the cylinder also made of bone. In between the vertebrae are disc shaped cushions filled with a gelatinous central core known as the nucleus pulposis
Most pain regimens start with acetaminophen (brand name: Tylenol) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID, pronounced EN-sed). Mild but persistent discomfort, such as breast and underarm surgery pain, can usually be managed by these medications alone.
There are many NSAIDs, including:
ibuprofen (brand names: Advil, Motrin, Nuprin)
naproxen (brand names: Naprosyn, Naprolan)
naproxen sodium (brand names: Aleve, Anaprox)
ketoprofen (brand name: Orudis)
indomethacin (brand name: Indocin)
piroxicam (brand name: Feldene)
nabumetone (brand name: Relafen)
The response to NSAIDs varies from person to person and medication to medication. If pain doesn't lessen or end when you use one NSAID, that doesn't mean it won't improve if you try another.
You may need to try different NSAIDs before finding the right one for your pain. Never take more than the maximum dose recommended by the manufacturer. If you're taking aspirin, Coumadin (chemical name: warfarin), or other blood thinners, or if...
Alternative Names Muscle pain; Myalgia; Pain - muscles Home Care For muscle pain from overuse or injury, rest that body part and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Apply ice for the first 24 - 72 hours of an injury to reduce pain and inflammation. After that, heat often feels more soothing. Muscle aches from overuse and fibromyalgia often respond well to massage. Gentle stretching exercises after a long rest period are also helpful. Regular exercise can help restore proper muscle tone. Walking, cycling, and swimming are good aerobic activities to try. A physical therapist can teach you stretching, toning, and aerobic exercises to feel better and stay pain-free. Begin slowly and increase workouts gradually. Avoid high-impact aerobic activities and weight lifting when injured or while in pain. Be sure to get plenty of sleep and try to reduce stress. Yoga and meditation are excellent ways to help you sleep and relax. If home measures aren't working, call your doctor, who will consider prescriptio...
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