This article explains the reasons for back pain and simple steps to manage it.
Low back pain is a very common presenting problem that occurs to most of us. We will surely experience it at some point in our lifetime.
Causes of Simple Back Pain
Management of Simple Back Pain
Bedrest has been shown to be counterproductive. Get up and move as soon as you can and do not keep resting as this will make things worse.
Analgesics (painkillers) in the form of Acetaminophen (Paracetamol), NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen, Meloxicam, Diclofenac etc., can be taken individually or in combination bearing in mind their side effects. Most of these are available over the counter. As a word of caution, avoid using NSAIDs if you have stomach issues.
When to Consult a Doctor?
When to Go to the Emergency Department/Emergency Room?
- If you cannot urinate or open your bowels.
- If painkillers did not work and you get a 7 to 10 scale pain (On a scale of 10, if your pain is more than 7).
- If you get a severe "shooting nerve pain" down the leg especially when you lift up your leg. This may be a sign of sciatica (compression of nerve down your leg) which does not go away with simple painkillers.
For further assistance, consult a spine health specialist or a physiotherapist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/physiotherapist
Last reviewed at:
02 Nov 2018 - 1 min read
MBBS (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Medical Sciences (1st Class Hons)
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