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What To Do For Chronic Back Pain
Chronic back pain: Moist heat to the painful area can help relax tense muscles; stretching exercises can also help relax muscle spasm. Therapeutic massage feels good and relaxes muscles to relieve pain. Osteopathic manipulation or chiropractic can relax stiff muscles as well as relieve pressure on nerves & realign structures. ...Read more
Treatments: Chronic back pain is usually musculoskeletal and so aggressive therapy is wise - such as physical therapy and/or daily stretching and anti-inflammatory medication. Heat could be used as well to help with muscles. If your pain involves the vertebrae and spinal nerves you may wish to visit a pain management specialist to see if other medications or injections may be helpful. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Exercise: The most important aspect of treating and preventing back pain is staying active and healthy. Getting involved with a good pt program to get started and then sticking to a regimen on a daily basis on your own is always beneficial. Try to work on core strengthening. Weight loss is often helpful as well for patients that are overweight. ...Read more
What can I do for chronic back.Pain my norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) is no longer effective?
Core strengthening: You can improve chronic lbp, but curing it is harder. You will have the best outcome with home exercises program. Get a stability ball with dvd/poster. Do exercises on this 20-30 minutes a day. Most folks will notice improvement after 6 months of consistent exercising of the core (abs, later flank muscles and upper and lower back muscles). See exerciseball.Com for animations. Other good dvds, . ...Read more
Several ways: For most, it begins with what the back symptoms mean and then usually some changes in lifestyle like regular exercise with flexibility routine, cardiovascular and core strengthening exercises, weight control, smoking cessation and improved sleeping habits as well as avoiding becoming depressed which can magnify pain symptoms. If you have not had a recent physical, get checked out before starting. ...Read more
Exercise and: Physical therapy are key. Do not stay in bed, make sure you get up, move around, work on core strengthening. These things will all help with chronic back pain. Discuss with your physician first, but consider things like yoga. See www.Spine-health.Com for some more information. Hope that helps! ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with a ruptured disc in my lower back. I have a lot of pain in lower back, leg, foot. What should I do? Chronic back pain
Integrative care: A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials. Physical therapy and other conservative measures, including medication management, are considered first line treatment. If these fail, your physician may recommend epidural steroid injections. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many things: First of all do you know why you have chronic back pain? What diagnostic tests have you had? What treatment have you had? How severe is it? Then i can better answer your question. In general you could try physical therapy, standard analgesics (unless there is any contraindication) or muscle relaxant. Snri class of antidepressant like Cymbalta (duloxetine) is fda approved for chronic pain. Acupuncture may help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No connection: You have 2 separate problems that need to be addressed separately. To receive the best care, you should always first consult your primary care physician, and he/she might refer you to a proper specialist for each problem. Example: TMD problem is an Orofacial Pain specialist field. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What should I do if I have chronic back pain, and the doctor wants to do this ketamine infusion therapy on me, i never heard of this.Do you or anyone know what this is?
Back pain: If you can get to a pool or whirlpool, that will take a lot of pressure off your back. ...Read more
Conservative care: Generally you will start with conservative treatment such as physical therapy (including strengthening and stretching) and anti-inflammatory medications. Regular exercise, weight loss, improved diet, and smoking cessation are also recommended. Be sure to see a physician first to evaluate whether there is any significant underlying pathology. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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