Treatment - back strain
A common misconception about back pain is that you need to rest and avoid activity for a long time. In fact, bed rest is NOT recommended. If you have no sign of a serious cause for your back pain (such as loss of bowel or bladder control, weakness, weight loss, or fever), then you should stay as active as possible. Here are some tips for how to handle back pain and activity early on:
Stop normal physical activity only for the first few days. This helps calm your symptoms and reduce any swelling (inflammation) in the area of the pain.
Apply heat or ice to the painful area. One good method is to use ice for the first 48 to 72 hours, then use heat after that.
Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Sleep in a curled-up, fetal position with a pillow between your legs. If you usually sleep on your back, place ...
If you moved more efficiently and with a better posture, would your back pain disappear? Well, some British researchers recently released some more evidence in favor of a movement therapy called the Alexander Technique for the treatment of back pain. For those who have not heard of the Alexander Technique, this is a type of movement therapy that helps to alter the way a person moves and performs tasks like sitting, walking, standing, or other types of movements. Alexander is just one method used to break bad movement habits; Feldenkrais is the other main type of movement therapy.
These movement therapies are favored by performing artists and athletes who seek to optimize the efficiency and fluidity of their performances. Both types are similar in concept, but very different in methods. Because of these differences, Alexander Technique seems better suited for the treatment of back pain than Feldenkrais Technique.
There are many people who confuse Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In actuality, they are very different. IBS is a functional disorder of the intestines, in which structurally, there is no pathology. The intestines in IBD however, are inflamed or ulcerated. Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease are types of IBD. Spastic colon is another term that is used interchangeably with IBS. The diseases are usually easily differentiated by history. At times laboratory studies, as well as imaging studies with barium ( small bowel series and barium enema ) is helpful. Finally, colonoscopy with biopsy can be used. Patients with IBS typically have abdominal pain, with diarrhea and/or constipation. The pain is usually crampy in nature and relieved with a bowel movement. The pain should not awake one from sleep, and is not associated with weight loss or bleeding. When IBS patients have abdominal pain and diarrhea, the symptoms can frequently...
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