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Dealing With Lower Back Pain

[30 Jul 2011 | One Comment | | Author: ]
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The lower back, or lumbar region, is an area that causes many of us to deal with a large amount of discomfort and inconvenience. For some, it poses a great deal more than discomfort, even leading to agonizing waves of pain.

Some people only experience lower back pain for a very short period of time while others deal with it for months on end. Anyone can get this type of pain but it is more common in the kids and young adults who are involved in strenuous exercise or sports.

If you experience a pain that spreads across the middle back, hips, groin, thigh and buttocks then this can be described as lower back pain. Other things to be on the lookout for are a numbness or tingle in any of these regions, muscle spasms near the spine, limited range of movement around the spine when bending forward or backward or the need to change your posture due to pain.

If your lower back pain does not go away and continues to worsen then you should consult your doctor right away. They will give you a complete physical and look closely at your medical history. You might have tests done that include X-rays, bone scan, CT scans, myelography, MRI, discography or electrodiagnostic exams. These types of tests will help to ensure that there is no underlying cause.

You should be extra concerned if you can no longer control your bladder or bowel movements, have lost strength in either leg or have a numb feeling in your lower back or legs. These symptoms could indicate a compression of the spinal cord which requires medical attention right away.

Mild cases of lower back pain can usually be treated right at home. Use an OTC pain reliever like Tylenol or ibuprofen while applying a heat pad occasionally. In more extreme cases, the doctor might prescribe a muscle relaxant or NSAID. You might also receive a triggerpoint and/or ligament injection while still in the office.

Sometimes continuing therapy is involved which includes things like spinal manipulation, physical therapy, massage or hydrotherapy. The goal of any treatment plan will be aimed at relaxing the back and lowering the pain.

Certain herbs are known to be beneficial in treating lower back pain. The herb Devil’s Claw works to keep the joints strong and healthy with the added benefit of improving the digestion process. Boswellia Serata can be used to soothe your muscles and joints while also helping digestion. The homeopathic ingredient Glucosamine Sulphate works to repair damaged joints and cartilage.

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  • The Natural Health Doc said:

    If you are looking for a natural holistic approach to alleviate back pain, the experts are chiropractors. Study after study has shown that chiropractic is safe and effective for symptoms like low back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, shoulder pain and sciatica. OTC pain killers (or even prescription ones for that matter) may alleviate the pain in the short run, but putting a chemical in to your body is not going to fix the physical problem or injury in the spine – it just allows your brain to ignore your body trying to tell it that there is a problem that needs fixing. We should all be going to the chiropractor for spinal check ups just like we go to the dentist for oral check ups. You can’t live on this planet and not do damage to your spine.

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