How to Manage Back Pain
Part of the Back Pain Remedies For Dummies Cheat Sheet
At its best, back pain makes it hard to think about anything else; but at its worst, back pain can be debilitating. When your back suddenly acts up, try the following regime to get your pain attack under control:
Go to bed, but not for long: Limited bed rest (one to three days) can help calm down back pain.
Use ice and heat: Applying ice and heat to your back can help control the symptoms and make you more comfortable.
Use anti-inflammatory medication: Unless you have a medical reason for not taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Nuprin, and other medications work very well for pain.
Start moving around even during the bed rest phase: Limited bed rest is helpful, but you should gradually increase your activity as soon as you can. Walking is one of the best and safest exercises.
Return to normal activity: After limited bed rest, gradually increase your activities each day until you return to your normal levels.
Seek professional help: If you experience any of the warning signs mentioned in the preceding section get professional help.
If this self-management approach to your back pain doesn't provide significant relief after about one week, then you should see a doctor if you have not already done so.