Treatments for Back pain


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Treatment list for Back pain: The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Back pain includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

Treatment of Back pain: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to treatment of Back pain:

Treatments of Back pain discussion: Limited rest combined with appropriate exercise and education is often the primary mode of therapy. Nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs alone or in combination with steroid injections, analgesics, muscle relaxants, or anti-depressants may be added to the therapy program. Acute back pain often goes away by itself in a few days or weeks. An ice bag or hot water bottle applied to the back may also help to alleviate pain. Prolonged bed rest is not beneficial because it weakens muscles. A physician should be notified immediately if there is no relief from pain after a few days in bed, if pain is severe or recurs, if radiating pain, numbness, tingling, or weakening occurs in the arms or legs, if bowel or bladder dysfunction occurs, if a child or elderly person has back pain, or if fever and/or vomiting occurs with back pain. 1

Treatment for a damaged disc includes drugs such as painkillers, muscle relaxants, and steroids; exercise or rest, depending on the patient's condition; adequate support, such as a brace or better mattress and physical therapy. In some cases, surgery may be required to remove the damaged portion of the disc and return it to its previous condition, especially when it is pressing a nerve root. Surgical procedures include discectomy, laminectomy, or spinal fusion .2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NINDS Back Pain Information Page: NINDS
2. excerpt from Pain - Hope Through Research: NINDS

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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