Mild low back pain felt from fall/ will heating pad help?

Maybe. Heat is good for muscle tightness and spasm. Ice best for soreness and tenderness from inflammation. If it hurts to touch, ice it first, then put the heat on. Each one for only 15-20 min. Both can cause burns if used too long per session. Can repeat process several times/day. If the symptoms don't improve within a week, seek medical evaluation.
Acute injury. 1st 24-48 hours ice painfull area. Take an NSAID rx, then apply heat later. If pain increasing, seek your doc's help.

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I've had severe lower back pain for three days now and I'm using a heating pad, it seems to help, what else can I do?

Get a diagnosis. Severe back pain can have more than one cause, some of which are not so benign. A 50 year-old female with sudden onset of severe back pain lasting for 3 days should visit her doctor to find out what the cause may be. Having said that, if heat packs are helping, it may suggest a musculoskeletal etiology. Regardless, this form of back pain in this age group requires a doctor evaluation. Read more...
Depends on cause. Most common cause of back pain is from lumbar strain which can be treated conservatively as you are doing. If the pain continues or is severe, you should get an evaluation by a healthcare professional. The treatment ultimately depends on the cause of your back pain. Good luck. Read more...

I get lower back pain with my cramps. I don't have a heating pad, but I have icy hot. Will it help?

Probably. Yes Ashley, please try it. It may help because it is essentially an attempt to divert the resources of your nervous system so that it sends temperature signals (either heat or cold) rather than pain during cramps. So try it, it may help. Read more...

What could cause lower back pain thats worse on the right side and also causes pain towards the hip area? Icy hot and heating pad no help.

Back pain. Many possible causes as simple as a back strain or as much complicated ones such as spine patology of the lumbar spine produced by degenerative disc disease, arthitis of the facet joints, bulging disc, spondylolysthesis with or without spondylolysis, olso extra articular spine pathology such as kidney pathology:kidney stones, enlarged kidneys and olso diseases of the vessels such as dilatation of the a. Read more...
Pinched nerve... It could very well be a pinched nerve out of the right side of the lumbar spine. It could also be bursitis of the right hip, especially if it is painful to lie on your right side. Both respond well to physical therapy. Read more...

I'm having neck and low back pain what do I do my pain meds are not helping I tried heating pads my pain meds relaxing bed rest

Hello. . Hello. I don't know if your pain is chronic or acute. Sometimes having hot water against the muscles can help to relax them (shower head on pulsate mode or jacuzzi). If you are having neck pain, you might to ensure that your chair, computer set up etc, at home and at work are ergonomically correct. I do not know what pain medications you are taking but Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) helps to relax muscles. If you want quick relief medical acupuncture is very helpful. Read more...
I . I would recommend hot shower followed by neck stretching. Move head into position and hold it in that position with your hand. Relax neck and allow stretch. Let you hand and arm do the work. Each set please do: bend head forwards x 30 seconds bend head backwards x 30 seconds bend head to right shoulder x 30 seconds bend head to left shoulder x 30 seconds turn head left x 30 seconds turn head right x 30 seconds repeat 3 times total. This can be done twice a day if needed. You should see improvement in your neck pain over 1 to 2 weeks. I would also recommend seeing your primary care doctor. You may benefit from formal physical therapy assessment and seeing spine pain doctor if you do not improve. Good luck! Read more...
Pain management. If you have exhausted the treatment from primary care physician and symptoms have lasted more than 6 months, then see a pain management physician preferably with neurology specialty. Unfortunately this could become a life long problem even though not life threatening. If too severe a pain and nonsteroidals and P.T have been exhausted then opiods may be probable option for daily function. Read more...
Reevaluation. You may need to be reevaluated to discuss options for treating the cause of your pain rather than "just" taking pain medications, using a heating pad and resting. Based upon the specific diagnosis of the cause of your pain, there may be more powerful treatment options available. Read more...

Is heat or ice better for low back pain? Especially if there is a lumbar disk herniated? What are the symptoms of having a lumbar disk herniated?

Both . Both can help but it may differ from pt to pt sometimes it helps to go back and forth between heat and cold / if you feel one is much more helpful for you then stick with that / use apiece of swim noodle behind the small of your back while sitting as a "lumbar roll" I have found this to help many people including me over the years hope you feel better. Read more...

Is heat or cold better for lower back pain?

YMMY. Depends. "your mileage may vary." different folks respond to such things. Experiment with them, but just be careful not to burn yourself or give yourself frostbite. Do not sleep on the heat/cold source unless there is a timer. It is always safer to stay awake and remove if you are getting uncomfortable. Stop after about 30 minutes or if skin appears irritated. Read more...
Depend. For initial back secondary to musculoligamentous strains/sprains cold packs to be applied to prevent swelling and reduce pain. After 24 to 36 hours apply heat to increase blood flow bringing the body healing squads. For longer lasting pain you are basically trying to control pain and as individuals we responds differently to each modality. So try & she what works best for you. Read more...