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What is a good treatment for severe back pain?

What is a good treatment for severe back pain?

Options: Otc meds such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen can be very effective in relieving back pain when used regularly for a short period of time. These are usually paired with stretching and strengthening back exercises. Physicial therapy is also an option. Injections of pain medications can also help in the right scenario. Surgery may also be necessary dependng on the cause of the pain. ...Read more

Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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Severe Back Pain (Definition)

Severe back pain is a symptom in which a person has severe pain somewhere in his back. Severe back pain is usually an emergency and can be caused by spine ...Read more


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What treatment options are available for severe back pain other than medications?

What treatment options are available for severe back pain other than medications?

Treatments: Other than medication.....Treatments can range from therapy (physical, chiropractic, osteopathic), injections, alternative treatments (accupuncture, etc), and surgery. Sometimes a multidisciplinary approach to back pain is needed. Behavior modification and psychologic treatments can be also considered. ...Read more

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I've just recently been dealing with severe back pain when I lay down and it feels as though is around the area of my spine, any causes or treatment?

HELP: Age?I injury? Gen. Health? Back pain from arthritis to postural to cancer can be worse when lying down as your spine flattens. BUT it is a warning sign if the pain persists for hours. See a doc urgently. I need more info to be of greater help. ...Read more

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Could the shape of my back cause severe back pain, especially after an accident, and after treatment from a chiropractor?

Could the shape of my back cause severe back pain, especially after an accident, and after treatment from a chiropractor?

More than likely : There are changes in the appearance related to the pain from your injury. A loss of the sway in the neck and/or back is a result of muscle pull/ tension/spasm not a cause. There are also deformities that can affect spine appearance and can also at a role in pain like kyphosis and spondylolisthesis. See a spine specialist if not improving ...Read more

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What are recommended treatments for severe back pain?

What are recommended treatments for severe back pain?

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. You may first need a physician to evaluate you to establish a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I've had severe back pain, right down my spine, for years. Chiro adjustments only provide short term relief. What other treatments should I consider?

See orthopod: I am guessing that you have not had this evaluated by a real doctor. The chiro typically gives deep massage which relieves things briefly but you always go back. An orthopedic specialist can determine the case of the pain and recommend physical therapy, injection treatments and sometimes surgery for more permanent relief. ...Read more

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I am 29 I have 2 kids I havehhave had severe back pain ever since I had my oldest son 5yrs ago. My Dr sends me to physical therapy. What should I do?

Start with PT: There are many reasons for ongoing back pain; if it's been 5 years, you are not in acute danger, so you have time to follow a stepwise process by which you and your doc can figure our what's going on. Start with PT and you may see improvement. If not, your therapist may have insight into specific diagnoses. If you do PT w/out success, tell your doc you're ready for the next step in the process. ...Read more

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My husband has a moderate vcf for 2 weeks. Severe back pain. When can he start doing exercises at home, and when should he start phys therapy? Thanks.

My husband has a moderate vcf for 2 weeks. Severe back pain. When can he start doing exercises at home, and when should he start phys therapy? Thanks.

Compression fracture: If vcf is a vertebral compression fracture, then the return to exercise depends n the level and location (cervical, thoracic or lumbar). Some times bracing is required and return to exercise is dependent on followup films and neurologic assessments. ...Read more

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My husband has a moderate vcf for 2 weeks. Severe back pain. When can he start doing exercises at home, and when should he start phys therapy? Thanks.

My husband has a moderate vcf for 2 weeks. Severe back pain. When can he start doing exercises at home, and when should he start phys therapy? Thanks.

VCF Older: For any low energy fracture, nonsurgical treatment is fine. Allowing increased activity as pain allows is the answer. The first 3 weeks are toughest with decrease in pain as the bone heals (which it does 70% of the time). Osteoporosis eval is mandatory to prevent more fractures. Kyphoplasty is an excellent and fast solution if pain persists or worsens. ...Read more

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Chest discomfort and severe back pain that doesn't go away even after a massage therapy and shortness of breath.No cough. Lung problem?

Chest pains: Pain in your chest is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your pcp is warranted. Rec.: see your pcp for further investigation. Take care. ...Read more

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