Lower back pain is one of the most common sources of chronic discomfort, and it can be brought on by everything from straining a muscle to a pinched nerve to chronic arthritis. Whatever the cause, all you want is relief.
Fortunately, there are many effective treatments for lower back pain, depending on how simple or complex your condition is.
How to Help Back Pain
Mild to moderate lower back pain can be treated with several conservative, home-based remedies, including:
Approximately 90 percent of back pain issues can be resolved within six weeks by simply taking it easy and avoiding activities that aggravate your pain. Of course, combining rest with the following other measures can help to further shorten your recovery period.
Cold and Hot Compression
Icing the painful area of your back for 20 minutes several times per day, especially during the first 48 hours after the pain begins, can help provide relief. After that, if the back pain continues, you should switch to 20-minute sessions with a heating pad.
The cooling reduces blood flow to the area to help ease pain and swelling, while the heat loosens tight muscles and boosts circulation for healing.
Wearing Supportive Shoes
Some back problems start from the feet up. Wearing comfortable yet supportive shoes reduces the impact of your footsteps on the muscles and joints in your lower back.
Exercises and Stretches
Numerous studies have shown that light stretching, walking, and periodic standing while you work helps to stabilize your spine and to prevent muscle imbalances. Yoga can also be beneficial in terms of correcting your posture and strengthening your muscles to avoid lower back pain.
Alternative Back Pain Treatments
If your back pain persists for more than a few weeks, you should consult your doctor, who can determine how the pain is affecting your mobility. Your doctor may also order imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, to properly diagnose your condition.
Treatment options for more severe cases of lower back pain include:
- Chiropractic therapy
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Active/passive release therapy
- Ultrasound-guided injections
- Interventional pain management
Back Doctors in Delaware
Delaware Today magazine has named several of our interventional pain management specialists – Kartik Swaminathan, MD, Rachael Smith, DO, and Pramod Yadhati, MD – to their list of Top Doctors 2019. Congratulations
If you’re experiencing constant or recurring back pain, be sure to see a medical professional who specializes in neck and back treatment – like the talented and compassionate health care providers at Delaware Back Pain & Sports Rehabilitation Centers.
For the highest-quality treatment of your back pain, contact us at your nearest location of Delaware Back Pain & Sports Rehabilitation Centers for an appointment. You can also fill out our simple online appointment request form now. We look forward to helping you live a more enjoyable, pain-free lifestyle.