Back pain is a common medical condition among older adults. Episodes may be acute or chronic. Spine health is one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor. Learn more about back pain causes, treatment and symptom relief.
Educational videos, exercise, and neck mobilization were more beneficial for treating neck pain or whip lash than ultrasound or electrical stimulation. Laser therapy, exercise and massage or acupuncture may help with chronic pain. Hard or soft collars did not work.
Some alternative herbal medicines may help to relieve back pain. Devil's Claw, Willow Bark and cayenne may help reduce pain in the short term. However, there is no evidence that these substances are safe or useful in the long-term.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the vertebrae (back bones), related to arthritis. It commonly causes pain and stiffness in your back and neck. This resource introduces symptoms, diagnosis, complications and treatment of this disease.
Muscle relaxants are used to help reduce or prevent muscle spasms and sometimes anxiety, insomnia or seizures. Only use them when prescribed by your doctor. Muscle relaxants have a number of side effects.
Some exercises may help to reduce low back pain and dysfunction. Try stretching exercises such as bridges, the drawing in maneuver, leg raises, supermans and partial curls. This resource details how to do each of these exercises.
Low back pain is one of the most common disorders and often people recover quickly. Treatment includes exercise, heat, pain medication, physical therapy, or acupuncture. Read more here about when to seek help.
This patient decision aid helps patients with lumbar spinal stenosis decide on whether or not to have surgery by comparing the benefits, risks, and side effects of both options. It also includes alternative options to surgery such as trying medicine, exercise, and/or physical therapy.
This patient decision aid helps people with a herniated disc in their low back decide on whether or not to get surgery by comparing the benefits, risks and side effects of both options. It also includes alternative treatment options to surgery such as medication, exercise, physical therapy, or steroid injections.
This patient decision aid helps people with lumbar spine pain decide on whether to have spinal manipulation for pain relief or use other treatments by comparing the benefits, risks and side effects of both options. Other treatment options include heat or ice, medicine, exercise, physical therapy, massage, mobilization, acupuncture, changing the way you do your activities, or getting cognitive-behavioral therapy.
This patient decision aid helps people with low back pain decide on whether or not to try epidural steroid shots by comparing the benefits, risks, and side effects of both options. Alternative options to injections include trying medicine, physical therapy, and home treatment.
Exercise can help reduce low back pain. Pilates exercise may be helpful to ease low back pain, but so far there is no evidence to show it is better than other types of exercise. More research is needed on the best treatments and therapies for back pain.
Exercise, maintain a healthy weight, quit smoking and practice proper lifting techniques to avoid back pain. See your doctor if you experience back pain that lasts for more than a few days. Resource includes back pain causes, tests and treatments.
Most back pain clears on its own without treatment, usually within 4-6 weeks. Surgery for back pain is often only a last resort. This resource includes advice about when to contact a doctor or seek emergency care.
Prevent back pain by sitting, standing, lying and lifting the right way. If you have back pain, remain as active as possible and use hot or cold compression packs. If you are finding it difficult to cope with the pain, talk to your doctor.
Low back pain can make getting through the day challenging enough without worrying about keeping up your exercise regimen. But before you throw in the (gym) towel, read the latest research about the best types of exercise for relieving back pain.
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