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How Can I Treat My Sore Back
51 yr old aunt woke with sore back. Says one side of her back appears swollen. What could be the cause? What can she try to treat it?
It most likely is a : Muscle in spasm similar to flexing or contracting your muscle in your arm like popeye so it appears large or even swollen. She even may have a scoliosis in her back that she is now noticing a "bump" or deformity since her back is hurting her attracting her attention to it. She may even have a spasmodic scoliosis. ...Read more
Supportive care: Rest, avoiding heavy lifting and excessive twisting can help. Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatories are often helpful. Heat or ice may help as well. Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises for the core back mucles can help as well. It may take several days to week for a sore back to be relieved. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on reason: So many causes of sore back. If it's a long standing low back issue then laying on your back on the floor with your legs on sofa helps with small movement of bringing your tail bone to your belly button works. A great physical therapist working on your core is best with some ibuprofen. Yoga/pilates is a great starting point. If you have pain that radiates or incapacitates you, see your doc. ...Read more
Most are self limit: Most just get better with time, activity modification and heat or hot showers combined with light exercise and cardiovascular exercise. Otc medication can help as can life style changes like weight control, regular exercise and avoiding smoking. Good sleeping habits and a good mattress make a difference .Make sure you have good vitamin d intake and calcium intake. ...Read more
Opposed to what?: Best to let back heal before engaging in work-out, but it's not prohibited. Light weights better than heavy weights. ...Read more
Knowing more: Best to first have reason for sore back assessed. Typically if nothing worrisome found in interview and on exam, then a course of physical therapy will be recommended, sometimes with use of simple analgesics (otc). Getting a lifelong good home exercise program, choosing healthy foods, and addressing chronic stress are always useful for back issues, but check out reason first. ...Read more
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