Back Pain Problems and Treatments

 

Welcome to Back Pain Information - A Patient Guide to Back Problems and Treatments.

Updated 4/15/2015

We all get them, those pesky backaches. Sometimes they are just a bother and an aspirin will take care of them. Other times they are debilitating and only medical attention and prescriptions will solve severe back pain and problems.

The Back Pain Help Site will feature articles about backs and back pain, up to date news articles, medical studies, doctor information, traditional medical treatments, alternative medical treatments, home remedies and more to help you relieve your back pain.

I have done a lot of internet searching to learn more about backs and pain. There is a great deal of information and misinformation about backs and pain. Treatment is ultimately up to you and your doctor, but the more you know about backs and pain, the better prepared you will be to make an informed decision about your own treatment.  Sometimes it takes many different types of treatment to finally find a solution.  Sometimes, your treatment options change as you grow older. 

Back pain can be controlled by many methods. Deciding on what is right for you is up to you and your doctor. This website does not provide medical advice. Only a doctor can tell you what is wrong with your back and only a doctor can prescribe pain medicine and treatment.

 

There are many common treatments for back pain. Here are a few with links to articles on the Back Pain Help Site.

Injections for Back Pain  Studies have shown injections for back pain to be effective in up to 50% of patients. They are typically given after medication and physical treatments have been utilized, but before surgery.

Lidocaine Patches for Back Pain  In patients with chronic low back pain, a reduction in intense pain quality occured with the Lidocaine 5% Patch. The lidocaine patch provies pain relief, decreases hot pain, and increases back function.

Acupuncture  Very small needles are used to unblock energy channels within your body. According to Chinese medicine, these blocks are the cause of pain and acupuncture simply removes those blocks to provide relief from back pain. Some doctors think acupuncture also in some way can help to heal the body. Not a scientific fact, just a thought by some doctors and veterinarians.

Yoga  For those people who suffer from milder forms of back pain yoga is very helpful as a therapy for back pain because it builds up strength and flexibility. It has been found that people practicing yoga are less dependent on painkillers. Compared to conventional exercise yoga is a better option for back function and pain

Massage Therapy  A good choice for chronic back pain and it also reduces anxiety and depression resulting from chronic pain. Massage therapy also helps with muscle cramps, spasms, and back pain. Massages increase blood circulation and reduce swelling. Recommended for women having lower back pain during pregnancy.

Massage Chairs As years have gone by, designers have more closely approximated the necessary factors in a massage chair to provide its user with some measure of relief from back pain and neck pain.

Change Your Sleeping Position A person's specific back condition and back pain will often influence their preferences for their sleeping positions and mattresses.

Chiropractic Therapy  Chiropractic spinal manipulation helps restore joint mobility and decrease back pain. This manipulation helps with pain and relaxes tightened muscles. It has been especially helpful in reducing back pain.

Ice Therapy Ice application slows the inflammation and swelling that occurs after a back injury. Most back pain is accompanied by some type of inflammation and by decreasing inflammation the back pain normally decreases.

Heat Therapy Heat therapy is an easy and inexpensive option to provide relief from many forms of lower back pain. It may be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies. Because it is so simple, it is often overlooked and physicians may forget to mention it, but heat therapy used in the right way can be a valuable part of many lower back pain treatment programs.

Balneotherapy  It is a form of hydrotherapy where you soak in mineral water or plain warm water. Sulfur soaking is very good at reducing back pain and mobility improvement. Treatments also include alternative hot and cold baths often improve blood flow to the back, muscles, internal organs causing the flushing of toxins  and they stimulating circulation.

Diet and Exercise Pay attention to your diet and exercise for back pain. Water is very important to your body and back. Avoiding meats and animal proteins till the pain is gone is a good idea. These foods contain uric acid that strains your kidneys resulting in back pain. Some opinions also suggest avoiding the consumption of oils, fats, sugars, or processed foods. If you have back pain, you may wish to consider taking these two vitamin supplements including Vitamin B12 and Magnesium.

Vitamin B12  Some people taking B12 have found relief in lower back pain and increased mobility. B12 deficiency can also result in numbness, tingling, irritability, memory impairment, and depression. B12 is taken via injections, absorptive tablets, and nasal gels.

Magnesium  Magnesium is responsible for maintaining regular muscle and nerve functions. Adequate use of magnesium can significantly reduce back pain. Magnesium keeps the immune system healthy and provides strength to the bones. It also helps to controls blood sugar levels and blood pressure. A magnesium deficiency shows up as muscle spasms, pre-menstrual syndrome, irritability, depression, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Sleeping Positions  Different sleeping positions can cause back pain. Determine if you can improve you back pain by changing how you sleep or using a pillow to support your legs.

Mattress and Back Pain Your mattress may be causing your back pain. Choosing the right mattress can help your pain.

Shoes and Back Pain Choosing the wrong shoes can cause back pain. If you are active, choose shoes to match your activity.

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We all get them, those pesky backaches. Sometimes they are just a bother and an aspirin will take care of them. Other times they are debilitating and only medical attention and prescriptions will solve the problem.

 
The Back Pain Help Site will feature what's new about backs and back pain, up to date news articles, medical studies, doctor information, alternative medicine, home remedies and more to help you help your backache.

Back Pain can be controlled by many methods. Deciding on what is right for you is up to you and your doctor. This website does not provide medical advice. Only a doctor can tell you what is wrong with your back and only a doctor can prescribe pain medicine and treatment.

Backaches are something I know about. I have been laid up for several weeks on my back wondering how did this happen to me. I can remember my first terrible back pain when I has about twelve years old. I had been playing tennis and learning to serve. Somehow I pulled a muscles or twisted my back and terrible pain.  My back would spasm on me and I would almost fall to the floor with pain.

Fortunately, I was able to recover from the early back problem and not have reoccurrences until I was much older.  Most of my problems did not start again until I was in my fifties. I also had a left hip problem from osteoarthritis that caused back and knee problems.  It seems that no matter where the problem in our bodies starts, the rest of the body parts are all connected and are affected too.

I have had bouts of sciatica, according to the doctors, that has put me in bed, flat on my back for days or weeks. The same back spasms will make me drop to the floor in pain that instantly gives me nausea and a cold sweat. I have had treatments from the chiropractor that did help a lot.  Not only did the chiropractor adjust my back and hip, but also gave me traction. An MRI indicated I had degenerated discs, but no protrusions. So for about ten years, the chiropractor seemed to be the answer.

I have to be very careful how I bend down and stand up again. If I don't support myself, I can end up with a back attack very quickly.  Just reaching for my toothbrush at the sink can throw my back out and cause me great pain. I am very careful to always sit in a chair with good back support. Sitting on a bar stool or picnic bench can start a back attack for me too.

I had my left hip resurfaced in March 2006. The operation is similar to a total hip replacement, but it is a modern version that does not cut off your femur bone. There are no restrictions to your activities after surgery. The surgeon told me that getting my hip replaced would lengthen my leg back to where it should be and eventually help my back problems.  Having hip or knee problems often cause back problems.

I have a large Patient to Patient website about Hip Resurfacing called Surface Hippy. It is very well used since people are looking for information and options for hip replacement. It is not supported by any medical manufactures or companies, so the information is not biased. So I thought a similar patient to patient website about Back Pain would also be a great resource for people. A place to read about what is new, medical studies, articles and other information.

So that is why I have started The Back Pain Help Site - a place to learn and share information about back pain.

Patricia Walter

 

Back Pain can be controlled by many methods.
Deciding on what is right for you is up to you and your doctor.
This website does not provide medical advice.
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