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How to Manage Your Back Pain?

Written by
Dr. Ignatius Soon
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Sep 02, 2014 and last reviewed on Nov 02, 2018   -  1 min read

Abstract

Abstract

This article explains the reasons for back pain and simple steps to manage it.

How to Manage Your Back Pain?

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

  • Simple wear and tear from twisting and turning. When you do a twisting or lifting motion to carry a heavy load without bending the knees, an excruciating pain may be felt immediately.
  • Infections.
  • Fractures.
  • Tumors (cancers).

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?

  • If you are particularly worried that "your back does not seem to be right".
  • If the low back pain does not improve within two weeks.
  • If you get a shooting unbearable pain down the legs.
  • If the back pain occurs after a huge fall as you may have a fracture (broken bone).
  • If you have fever, weight loss and a history of cancer.
  • If you have osteoporosis and have had a history of compression fractures.

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.

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