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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
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
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
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