Remedies for Back Pain

Back pain is a problem that costs our country tens of billions of dollars a year in lost work wages and medical bills. Beyond the monetary costs, this condition may be physically disabling and disruptive to people's lives who just want to work and raise a family in peace. Fortunately, though acute cases of back pain may be severe enough to result in trips to the emergency room, it rarely becomes a chronic problem. Some back pain cases come from laborers who lift several thousands of pounds of heavy loads a day, while many other cases come from office workers who stationary seated positions puts too much strain on their lower backs. Severe back pain may be described in words such as being pierced by a knife, burning, throbbing, and aching. But there is really no way to fully understand chronic and severe back pain unless you have experienced it yourself. Personally, I have experienced back pain that has kept me up at night, and at times taken my breath away. When it has gotten bad enough, it is the only thing you are able to really think about, regardless of where you are, what you are doing, and who you are talking to. Fortunately, there were treatments available to help me, and there are others available that have helped millions of others.

Here are some remedies for back pack pain that have helped patients to relieve their symptoms and minimize the amount of time that their lives were disrupted.

Stay Active: Often, the cause of back pain is either muscle imbalances or muscle weakness. In many cases, the muscles were simply too weak to support your spine properly. In the event that you do suffer an attack of back pain, it is recommended that you seek medical consultation to make sure that you don't have a serious medical problem. Beyond that, the advice may be to stay home and in bed for a couple of days to give the strained muscles a chance to heal. But most doctors today won't recommend extended periods of bed rest. Extended bed rest will further weaken your back and core muscles, which may have the affect of exacerbating the cause of your back condition. Patients should remain in bed for no more than three days.

Keep exercising: Stretching and exercising is the best remedy for back pain, especially those that don't involve heavy lifting or high impacts. Walking is a great exercise that doesn't require any heavy equipment or a fancy gym membership. Other great low impact exercises include swimming, Tai Chi, Yoga, and Qi Gong.

While building back up your physical activities, you should avoid performing any of the types of movements or lifting that caused you pain in the first place. Take care not to strain any of the ligaments, joints, or muscles that are healing as you start or resume your exercise program.

Maintain Good Posture: It's not only the spectacular car wrecks and sports injuries that have are sending patients to their primary care physicians. Often, something as simple as poor posture can hurt our backs in several ways. A poor, hunched or stooped over posture strains the ligaments of our spine and puts unnecessary strain on our backs. When we are sitting, standing, and working, we should be maintaining an upright posture. When we sit in our cars and work at our desks, our backs and our eyes should be parallel to the ground. We shouldn't have to lean forward to work with the tools in front of us. Maintaining the right curvature in the back will take pressure off the nerves and will relieve back pain.

Ditch the Brace: Bracing is an old school treatment for chronic back pain that is rarely prescribed anymore for lack of clinical benefit. Bracing was first used as a means to provide additional support for the back. Today, it is understood that bracing weakens the back muscles, which may result in making your problem worse. Back bracing may be helpful for activities such as heavy lifting. Even then, it is only recommended that you use them for no longer than 15 minutes at a time. Back bracing is still used to treat severe childhood and pediatric scoliosis. Even in those cases, bracing is stopped once the patient reached adulthood, for lack of clinical benefits thereafter.