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What are the treatments for back pain?

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In brief: Treatment of Back pain

Activity
Research shows that bed rest doesn’t help simple back pain – it’s much better for you to return to normal physical activity as soon as possible.
Staying active may hurt more at first, but it helps your back to heal quickly, and reduces the risk of the problem occurring again.

If you really can’t cope, and feel you have no option but to take to your bed, try to limit it to two or three days before you are up and about again.


Painkillers
Paracetemol or ibuprofen are usually enough to relieve simple back pain. Muscle relaxants such as diazepam may help if you have muscle spasms, but don’t take them for more than a week. And try applying a hot water bottle or an ice pack to the painful area - these can both offer some relief.


Manipulation and exercises
Osteopathy and chiropractic - treatments involving manipulation of your spine - may provide short-term relief for simple back pain within the first six weeks. However, you should only consult an Osteopath or Chiropractor who is a registered practitioner. Back exercises and physiotherapy may be helpful if your pain lasts longer.


Complementary approaches
The Alexander Technique may help improve your posture. Acupuncture can help with the pain. And, because back pain can sometimes be a sign of emotional problems, counselling may also be helpful.


Surgery
If you have a chronic back problem that isn’t helped by manipulation, exercises or medication, surgery may solve or help the problem. If your pain is caused by a , say, damaged disc, this could be surgically removed.

In brief: Treatment of Back pain

Activity
Research shows that bed rest doesn’t help simple back pain – it’s much better for you to return to normal physical activity as soon as possible.
Staying active may hurt more at first, but it helps your back to heal quickly, and reduces the risk of the problem occurring again.

If you really can’t cope, and feel you have no option but to take to your bed, try to limit it to two or three days before you are up and about again.


Painkillers
Paracetemol or ibuprofen are usually enough to relieve simple back pain. Muscle relaxants such as diazepam may help if you have muscle spasms, but don’t take them for more than a week. And try applying a hot water bottle or an ice pack to the painful area - these can both offer some relief.


Manipulation and exercises
Osteopathy and chiropractic - treatments involving manipulation of your spine - may provide short-term relief for simple back pain within the first six weeks. However, you should only consult an Osteopath or Chiropractor who is a registered practitioner. Back exercises and physiotherapy may be helpful if your pain lasts longer.


Complementary approaches
The Alexander Technique may help improve your posture. Acupuncture can help with the pain. And, because back pain can sometimes be a sign of emotional problems, counselling may also be helpful.


Surgery
If you have a chronic back problem that isn’t helped by manipulation, exercises or medication, surgery may solve or help the problem. If your pain is caused by a , say, damaged disc, this could be surgically removed.
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