Thanks to modern medicine, it is now very easy to find effective back pain treatments for practically all types of back pain. Whether you’re suffering from lower back pain due to muscle strain or a constant throbbing pain in your upper back due to an injury, there are dozens of prescription and over-the-counter medications that you can use to relieve the pain. However, it’s not advisable to turn to medications right away because of the negative side effects that these drugs can trigger.
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Instead of automatically reaching inside the medicine cabinet for a pill every time your back starts to hurt, health experts recommend trying some natural back pain relief options first because these are not only safer but can be more effective as well.
Mild back pain exercises and stretching routines, like those done in basic yoga, have been found to be very effective for helping with back pain problems.
It’s quite understandable if you are hesitant to do stretching exercises when you are currently experiencing severe back pain but you will be surprised at how effective they can be and how fast they can produce results. The idea is to do the correct types of stretches for your own set of circumstances.
The exact type of stretching exercises that you should do would depend on how severe your back pain is and whether or not you have any other medical conditions.
For example, the stretching exercises for a pregnant woman, a senior citizen with arthritis or a perfectly healthy 20-year-old would be very different from each other. To find out what particular routine would work best for you, it is recommended that you consult with a doctor or physical therapist.
Chronic Back Pain Treatments
For the more serious types of back pain, like those due to a grave physical injury or an illness, more intensive or chronic back pain treatments may be required. Some of the treatments recommended for these advanced cases are chiropractic care and physical therapy and as a last resort, your doctor may suggest surgery. I really like to stress here – surgery is the last resort. What works for a 70 year old having surgery and jumping out of bed the next week all ‘fixed’ is totally different to a 30 year old having the same ‘fix’.
There are reasons I won’t delve into here, but if you are considering surgery, PLEASE ask your doctor what are the effects of having surgery now, 10 or 15 years later in your life. The answers may have you stopping and thinking. I know it stopped me.
Back Pain Prevention
As with every other health problem, the best way to deal with back pain is to prevent it from occurring at all in the first place. You can do this by exercising regularly, eating a balanced healthy diet, sleeping in a comfortable position, and avoiding straining your back muscles.
In case you do overexert your muscles due to heavy lifting or strenuous sports activities, you may benefit from a deep tissue massage or some cold or heat therapy. As we know, prevention is always better than cure, so take care of your back and hopefully you won’t be in need of any back pain treatments at all.