The main goals of back pain treatment are pain relief and restored movement. The following may help in reducing/soothing the pain:
- Ice pack
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Heat packs (after inflammation has gone down)
- Physical therapy treatments include:
- Whirlpool baths
- Individually tailored exercises
Some practitioners suggest using TENS units (Transcutaneous electrical nerve simulator) to help soothe back pains. Spinal manipulations by Chiropractors and Osteopaths have proven effective for acute lower back pain. However the same cannot be said for treating chronic back pain. Research has shown that acupuncture also may bring relief for chronic back pain sufferers.
- Physical Therapy: This helps to relieve pain, promote healing of injured area and restore normal function and movement. Physical therapy works by focusing on the prevention of injuries and disabilities.
- TENS: This is a back pain treatment that uses low voltage electric current to relieve pain. It is typically performed with a small battery operated unit that is connected to electrodes. The electrodes carry an electric current to the skin.
TENS when properly used is a safe method for treating back pain. However it must be used only when suggested by your health care provider. TENS works differently for different people.
- Acupuncture: This form of treatment involves inserting thin needles at certain points in the body. Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese medicine that offers pain relief by stimulating the nervous system to release chemicals into muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals either alter the experience of pain or produce bodily changes that promote a sense of well- being.
Acupuncture is generally safe when performed by an experienced trained acupuncturist. This treatment has been shown to have fewer side effects as compared to other standard treatments. Side effects like infections or punctured organs are rare.
This article is for information only. Please seek medical advice if you notice any symptoms.
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