There can be many reasons why back pain can strike; some of which are listed below:
I remember when my wife was pregnant; she used to suffer with back pain, making it difficult for her to go about her daily routine. Whatever the cause, the pain can affect you physically and even mentally.
The majority of patients that I treat over the counter in the pharmacy suffer from acute back pain, presenting with typical symptoms of a pain that comes on suddenly, which resolves with treatment after several days. Occasionally, the pain can continue for months and in these cases, I would refer you to your doctor for further investigation.
For patients that I see with acute back pain, I would usually recommend the following:
The incidence of back pain during pregnancy can be reduced by:
If your baby is positioned at a particular angle in the womb, you may experience back pain; unfortunately, in this case you may have to be patient until he or she moves.
Chronic back pain is mainly managed by your doctor, who may recommend stronger analgesics and a referral to a physiotherapist. The goals of physical therapy are to decrease back pain, increase function, and teach the patient a maintenance program to prevent future back problems.
Common forms of physical therapy include:
Patients suffering from most types of low back pain are often referred for physical therapy as an initial conservative (nonsurgical) treatment option before considering other more aggressive treatments, including back surgery.
Sciatica is the name given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, which normally manifests as a tingling sensation that radiates from your lower back and travels down one of your legs to your foot and toes. The pain can range from being mild to being extremely painful. Treatment for this, over the counter, remains the same as above; although if you experience more severe symptoms then make an appointment with your doctor or if you experience a loss of feeling, then seek urgent medical care.
My approach to treating back pain involves ensuring my patients follow a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, when recommending treatments for back pain, I always advise the following steps:
Nearly everyone will experience back pain of some form; with these simple treatments, I hope the pain and duration will be kept to a minimum and you’ll be back to your active self in no time.
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