When pain strikes, you may have a hard time deciding what type of health care professional to see. Everyone has an opinion. Grandma says one thing and mom says another. This conundrum is especially difficult when a close confidant swears by a certain chiropractor who fixed everything on the first visit. This type of anecdotal evidence may not be enough to persuade you to spend your precious dollars on some unproven claims. You need to know when the best time to see a chiropractor really is.
First, you need to know what a chiropractor can offer. Chiropractic care is a concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. With that definition in mind, you may be wondering why some chiropractors claim to be able to treat menstrual cramps, high blood pressure, asthma and stomach ulcers. Maybe the reason for this versatility lies in the...
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....
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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