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Does inversion therapy work as a treatment for back pain?

Does inversion therapy work as a treatment for back pain?

Making more room: The theory of inversion or decompression therapy is that the bones of the spine have a chance of spreading out with the help of gravity or traction. This spreading of the bones allows for more space where the nerves exit the spinal column. More space equates to less chance for the nerves to be impinged or irritated. Check with your doctor to see if this form of therapy may be beneficial for you. ...Read more

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Does inversion therapy work in treating lower back pain?

Does inversion therapy work in treating lower back pain?

Yes. traction helps!: I recommend these devices which provide controlled traction for the lumbar and thoracic spines.Consider the alternatives: 1.Traction in a hospital bed. Trust me, the nurses are no longer taught how to do this, and the pulleys and weights would be nowhere to be found. 2.Vax-d, utilized frequently by chiropractors.This device provides precise lumbar traction, but at a price. 3. Gravity inversion $99. ...Read more

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Can you let me know is inversion therapy (hanging upside down) a good cure for lower back pain?

Can you let me know is inversion therapy (hanging upside down) a good cure for lower back pain?

Not a cure: It can be a useful part of a guided program for chronic low back pain in some cases. When done correctly, it can decompress parts of the spine, in a way similar to a physical therapist performing traction exercises. I would get guidance on this activity from your doctor or therapist, . ...Read more

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How long does it take for physical therapy to work for lower and middle back pain?

How long does it take for physical therapy to work for lower and middle back pain?

Days to Weeks: Physical therapy is helping the muscles loosen and strengthen around the spine and nerves to help with pain. It can take up to several weeks to get significant relief. ...Read more

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Does massage therapy work for back pain , shoulder pain ? Is it worth it? What are the alternatives?

Does massage therapy work for back pain , shoulder pain ? Is it worth it? What are the alternatives?

Yes : If the presentation us primarily muscular symptoms, massage can give temporary relief but does not address the underlying cause or causes unless it was muscular in origin. Otherwise, depending on the cause of the pain, treatment can range from time, medication, exercise and sometimes injections ...Read more

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Have UTI and im on my second day of treatment.How long does it take to work?Horrible back pain, and soreness.

Have UTI and im on my second day of treatment.How long does it take to work?Horrible back pain, and soreness.

Soon hopefully: Even minor uti's can be painful, and the pain can last for 2-4 days while on antibiotics. Some dr's may rx pyridium, (phenazopyridine) a drug specifically for the first 2 days of pain while starting antibiotics (makes your urine orange). If your pain is severe, let your dr. Know, as you may need some further testing to rule out kidney stones, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain just pressing on my back brings pain is this sciatica? Heat and cold therapy doesn't always work.

I have lower back pain just pressing on my back brings pain is this sciatica? Heat and cold therapy doesn't always work.

Muscle Spasm: Trigger points are bands of taut muscle areas that hurt when pressed upon and radiate to other areas than just the painful spot that is pressed upon. Most times stretching and massage of that area relieves these spots, however sometime they continue and need to be addressed by your doctor. ...Read more

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How effective is a RF neurotomy for lower back pain treatment? Do most people get relief? What is the next step if it doesn't work?

RF Neurotomy: Hello. Are you scheduled to do this? If you had a great response to medial branch blocks (MBBs) (anesthetic placed by the nerves with > 50% relief), then your outcome with RF should be good. Those with ...Read more

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I've had two c-sections and I have had extreme upper back pain and random spasms all over my back. Physical therapy and meds don't work. Any tips?

I've had two c-sections and I have had extreme upper back pain and random spasms all over my back.  Physical therapy and meds don't work. Any tips?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What kinds of physical therapy exercises work for lower back pain?

Varies: Despite many years of research, there has never been one form of exercise that has proven superior to another for lower back pain. This is probably because back pain is not a single condition. Generally what we try to do is find exercises that can initially be done with reasonable comfort and then progress to more difficult and strenous ones as tolerated. ...Read more

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I have back pain a lot specially after a squat work out i had 6 , onths ago pain is in back and legs i rested and had therapy nothong helped what could?

I have back pain a lot specially after a squat work out i had 6 , onths ago pain is in back and legs i rested and had therapy nothong helped what could?

Recommend MRI: It sounds like you may have a herniated disc which is pinching nerves. If you have had physical therapy and you are no better, then i would recommend lumbar MRI for further evaluation. Further treatment options include spinal injections and surgery. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for severe nerve pain that pain meds do not work on? I have had two back surgeries, and knee replacement and still have excruciating stabbing knee pain that I have been told is nerve pain coming from my back. Pain medication an

What is the best treatment for severe nerve pain that pain meds do not work on? I have had two back surgeries, and  knee replacement and still have excruciating stabbing knee pain that I have been told is nerve pain coming from my back. Pain medication an

See a pain doctor: Narcotics are not the best medications for nerve pain. There are many better medications. Spinal cord stimulators are used for pain after back surgeries. See an interventional pain physician and they can help come up with a plan. ...Read more

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Chiropractors, massage therapy, acupuncture, physiotherapy - which is the best treatment for back pain?

All and none: Everything depends what is the cause for pain. If your family doctors rules out serious pathology, i.e. Fracture, cancer, infection, etc., then try acupuncture, pt, chiropractor, depending on your preferences. Stay away from motrin, alive, celebrex, (celecoxib) etc. There is no inflammation with back pain. Use of this type of drugs actually proven to delay healing in spite of "helping"(more like masking) pain. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get treatment for back pain?

What is the best way to get treatment for back pain?

Get to md: See a ortho, pmr or your pcp and get referral to good pt. Some pts don't need a script and you could go straight to them. ...Read more

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When looking for treatment for back pain what should I be looking for?

Nerve root irritatio: You may have back nerve root irritation with significant muscle spasms, esp deep spasms. Please make sure that you are not over exercising or lifting heavy things. You will need to be evaluated by your family doctor and a specialist and physical medicine and rehabilitation. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for back pain caused by worn discs or spine curvature?

What is the best treatment for back pain caused by worn discs or spine curvature?

Lifestyle changes: Not smoking, weight control and regular exercise are the key ones. Modifying activity that aggravates the back, trying a back support and use of medication if not medically contraindicated can also make a difference. Physical therapy and injections through pain management may help. Most are treated non operatively. Make sure you take adequate amounts of vitamin d and calcium daily. ...Read more

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Does magnetic therapy help back pain and how?

Variable: Magnet therapy has been around for over 100 years and keeps popping up every 25 years or so. I have some patients who get relief of pain from magnets and others who do not. The exact mechanism of magnet therapy is not known. The effectiveness of magnets is sketchy in my opinion. ...Read more

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Could massage help in back pain treatment?

Could massage help in back pain treatment?

Massage: Massage usually helps with muscular stiffness by improving the blood flow to the muscles. Back pain from the spine may lead to muscle spasms which could be effectively treated with proper physical therapy and in some cases a mild muscle relaxant medication. If the pain radiates down the leg, better have it checked with an MRI. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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