Back Pain Remedies

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July 11, 2018

Back Pain Remedies

Back pain strikes nearly as often as the common cold — in fact, almost 80% of people in the world develop back pain. Fortunately, you can take steps to keep your back healthy and keep back pain away, states Gene Z. Salkind, MD, a neurosurgical attending at the Holy Redeemer Spine Care Center.

A car accident, a sports injury, and lifting a heavy object are obvious causes of back pain. But lifestyle factors can cause back pain, too. Being overweight — especially having excess abdominal fat — strains the lower back. Lack of exercise, poor posture, and sitting too much can also weaken and stress back muscles, added Leonard A. Bruno, MD, also of the center. Getting better

Back pain can feel sharp, aching, dull, tingling, or burning. The pain comes from damaged muscles, ligaments, and nerves, or from the spine.

Acute back pain will usually go away on its own within a few weeks. Although it might be difficult, it’s better to move about than to stay in bed, as long as you are judicious on your approach. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever and applying ice or hot packs can ease pain and stiffness. These measures can also help chronic back pain (pain that lasts longer than 3 months). We recommend a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to pain management ranging from physical therapy, injection therapy and as a last resort, surgery, which is seldom necessary. Preventing pain

If you suffer from ongoing back pain or frequent bouts of acute back pain, and you don’t have an underlying medical condition that’s causing it, lifestyle habits may be the problem. Follow these steps for a healthier back:

  • Lift safely. Bend your legs and keep your back straight.
  • Do aerobic exercise, stretch, and strength-train regularly.
  • Improve your posture. Don’t slouch or sit in 1 position for too long without a break.
  • Manage your weight through exercise and a healthy diet.
  • Find time to relax. Stress can aggravate back problems.

If you are concerned about recurring or lasting back pain, contact Holy Redeemer Orthopedics here, or call 215-914-1240.

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