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How do I get rid of or manage chronic lower back pain, and its more so on my left side. The left side hurts more then the right.?

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Activity, OTC meds

Chronic back pain is a very common complaint.
Most is due to muscle strain or sometimes minor disc problems. As a start, otc meds like Ibuprofen and usual activities are best. Physical therapy, massage, short courses of muscle relaxants are helpful in some cases. There is little value to any imaging early on in most back pain. Narcotics are essentially never indicated. Discuss with your pcp.

In brief: Activity, OTC meds

Chronic back pain is a very common complaint.
Most is due to muscle strain or sometimes minor disc problems. As a start, otc meds like Ibuprofen and usual activities are best. Physical therapy, massage, short courses of muscle relaxants are helpful in some cases. There is little value to any imaging early on in most back pain. Narcotics are essentially never indicated. Discuss with your pcp.
Dr. Timothy Ashley
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Dr. David Bozak
In addition to the above, sometimes a properly placed cortisone injection in the facet joints, epidural space, or SI joints can help. Also, Cymbalta was recently approved for chronic low back pain.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Exercise

Consider a regular stretching and exercise regime.
Strengthening you back muscles can help alot with chronic pain.

In brief: Exercise

Consider a regular stretching and exercise regime.
Strengthening you back muscles can help alot with chronic pain.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
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Dr. David Bozak
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Lots of options

Physical therapy is a great place to start.
Keeping strong core and trunk muscles is important. There are lots of meds, both oral and topical patches that can help. Injections, spinal cord stimulators, and surgery are all more aggressive options.

In brief: Lots of options

Physical therapy is a great place to start.
Keeping strong core and trunk muscles is important. There are lots of meds, both oral and topical patches that can help. Injections, spinal cord stimulators, and surgery are all more aggressive options.
Dr. David Bozak
Dr. David Bozak
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