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Top 5 Tips to Treat Low Back Pain

Written by
Dr. Mahaveer Patil
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Sep 10, 2016 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  2 min read

Abstract

Though low back pain is considered as a common complaint of elderly people, it can occur almost at any age and any sex. Here, in this article, I have discussed a few tips to overcome low back pain.

Top 5 Tips to Treat Low Back Pain

Low back pain is a spine related symptom occurring due to various reasons. It can occur due to slipped disc, spondylosis, bad posture, prolonged sitting, fall or trauma, infections in the spine, etc. If untreated, then it may cause serious discomfort and aching. Low back pain may disable a person from moving about. It should be treated and cared properly to avoid severe disablements in the future.

Tips to Overcome Low Back Pain:

1. Rest:

The most important thing that can be done is rest. Our spine is the weight bearing pillar of our body. So, reducing load on the spine can reduce the pain to a huge extent. It can be done by simply lying down or using lumbosacral belts or corsets during our routine work.

2. Medicines:

In some circumstances, where the pain is unrelieved by just giving rest to the spine, medicines may be necessary to alleviate the back pain. These should be taken only on the advice of an orthopedist(Ask an Orthopedist Online) and should not be taken for longer periods of time to avoid harmful effects on kidney and liver.

3. Local gel applications:

There are quite a few local gel formulations available over the chemist counters. Apply the gel gently, followed by hot fomentation for about 15 minutes with heating pads or lukewarm water. This can be done once in the morning and once at night for approximately 10 days depending on the severity.

4. Lifestyle Modification:

Avoid sitting in the same position for a prolonged period of time. Do stretching exercises and yoga early morning for minimum 20 minutes. Use hard mattress for sleeping. Avoid soft beds. Do not lift heavy weight by bending your spine. Instead, bend your knees, sit down and then lift the weight.

5. Physiotherapy:

In unrelieved cases, physiotherapy measures like lumbar traction, infrared therapy, shortwave diathermy, ultrasonic therapy and laser therapy are helpful.

Any kind of back pain should not be neglected and should be consulted with an orthopedist. You may be advised to take x-rays and MRI scans if required. Surgical treatments may rarely be needed to treat low back pain, but should be preferably avoided to avoid long-term bad effects on the spine.

To know more about the management of low back pain consult an orthopaedician and traumatologist online -->https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/orthopaedician-and-traumatologist

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Last reviewed at:
07 Sep 2018  -  2 min read

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