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Back Pain Treatment Guidelines
By Christine Traxler, MD
Back pain is one of the most common types of pain; back pain treatment guidelines are important to pay attention to if you develop back pain at any time in your life. Back pain can involve pain in the thoracic spine or pain in the lumbar spine. Both types of pain can easily be managed if you follow the guidelines and allow yourself to heal.
Home remedies for back pain
If you are experiencing mild low back pain, rest would do you a great deal of good. This means that you do no heavy lifting and that you lie recumbent for several hours at a time. Sitting is okay if it is comfortable to do so. In the acute phase of a back injury, you need to put ice on the affected area of the back for about 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Remove the ice for about half an hour and put it back on again. Do this for the first 24 hours.
If you are experiencing back spasms from muscle spasms of the back, the back pain treatment guidelines as to the use of ice change a bit. Rather than straight ice on the back, you should use a heating pad for about half an hour at a time and then remove the heat for a half hour. Then you can apply ice for a half an hour before switching back to heat again. This tackles the inflammation and the muscle spasm all at the same time and works for mild back strains that come about all the time.
Seeing the Doctor
If the back pain is severe or if it doesn’t go away using home remedies for back pain, you should consider seeing a doctor or chiropractor. A chiropractor may take back x-rays and will often find areas on the back where you have minor subluxations as a cause of your back pain. The treatment for subluxations of the spine is to have the back manipulated so as to return the alignment of the spine back to its original position. This will relieve some of the pain right away and things like ice, heat, and anti-inflammatory medication will take care of the rest.
If you are experiencing back pain that radiates down the leg or around the trunk, it means that the spinal nerves have been affected. If this happens, you may need to see an orthopedic specialist who may do a CT scan or MRI scan of the back to identify any areas of bony arthritis or a herniated disc. If you have a herniated disc, the orthopedic surgeon will consider surgery to correct the problem according to back pain treatment guidelines.
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