Lower Back Pain Treatment

A picture of someone holding their low back which shows electrifying, chronic pain.

Back pain is very common. At least 80% of adults are affected at one time or another. Low back pain treatment is therefore extremely important to be familiar with.

What causes it? 

Muscle strains and pulls for acute low back pain. Arthritis, degenerative disc disease, disc bulging or herniation for chronic, and sometimes acute lower back pain.

Luckily, most low back pain gets better.

Stay active

Bed rest is not recommended for back pain. Remaining active is very important. Low impact activities are best for staying active; like swimming and bicycle riding.

Ice & Heat

Ice is great at getting rid of inflammation, especially acutely. Just be careful not to leave it on for more than 20 minutes at a time. Heat works best after a few days to increase blood flow and loosen up the muscles around the back.

Medications

Over the counter NSAIDS such as ibuprofen or naproxen are very helpful in the short term. Personally, I use Nature’s Trifecta®; a combination of turmeric extract, black pepper extract, and amla powder and it works amazingly.

Narcotics or opioids can be used short term for severe pain, but their effectiveness wears off quickly and they are very addicting. In my opinion their long term health risks far outweigh the benefits of their use. Muscle relaxants similarly can be of some benefit short term, but should not be used long-term.

Exercise/Physical Therapy 

In my opinion, this is the mainstay of treatment for lower back pain. I recommend exercises that are easy on the back, namely hamstring stretching and core body strengthening. The exercises I recommend and perform myself are isometric strengthening exercises, which are easier to tolerate. I recommend them daily.

Ultrasound/TENS

Ultrasound can provide local relief to the soft tissues in the back. The sound waves from the ultrasound relax the muscles, helping them heal.

Trans electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) sends electrical impulses through the skin to start your body’s own painkillers, namely endorphins.

Chiropractic/Acupuncture

Chiropractic and acupuncture have both been shown to be beneficial treatments for lower back pain.

Injection Therapy 

Injection therapies, like epidural steroids and facet injections, can be helpful in some cases of low back pain, especially if there is pain down the leg for an epidural injection.

Surgery

Surgery is a last resort and is usually not necessary for isolated low back pain.

It can be necessary in cases of disc herniation or chronic spinal stenosis, but these problems usually will have leg pain more than back pain. A competent back surgeon can help you sort this out.

Summary

Low back pain is extremely common, so low back pain treatments are extremely relevant. The mainstay of treatment is non-operative. Most treatments can be done at home through exercise and over the counter medications.

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