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Back pain is categorized as discomfort in the back. Back pain is often described as painful muscle spasms and can last any period of time. Doctors describe back pain that lasts less than 4 weeks as acute back pain, and back pain that lasts more than 12 weeks is called chronic back pain. Chronic low back pain is often felt with tight muscles and is characterized as a painful area in the lower back region of your body. Muscles around the vertebrae are the affected area.
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Many different factors can cause back pain, and the pain can feel different for different people. People often refer to "throwing out" their backs when they strain one or more muscles in their back. Straining your back muscles can be extremely painful. Most back pain is caused by what doctors call nonspecific back pain, and is rarely caused by a disease, specific abnormality, serious spinal injury, or neurological disorders. Nonspecific back pain occurs in more than 85% of people who report back pain. Doctors have been able to identify known causes that make back pain worse.
Back pain treatment aims to relieve pain. Many treatments are available to reduce pain. Having nonspecific back pain can be frustrating as there is not an identifiable cause to point to. Luckily, back pain has been shown to resolve on its own in a few weeks. Applying heat and getting back to being active can help speed up your recovery. You should see a doctor if your back pain does not improve after a few weeks.
Back pain relief options include medications, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, alternative therapies, and physical therapy.
Medications such as cortisone injections, strong pain relievers, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be used to treat back pain. If pain persists, other medications may be prescribed as well.
Your doctor may provide a referral to alternative treatments such as physical therapy or massage therapy. A trained physical therapist can relieve discomfort and strengthen muscles and reduce muscle tension, while a massage therapist can minimize muscle spasms.
Remaining active helps keep your weight down, builds strong muscles, and increases blood flow. Both stretching and exercise help to reduce stiffness and prevent back injuries. Although lifting heavy does not always cause back pain, poor lifting technique causes back pain. Rounding of the back while lifting a heavy object puts too much strain on your back muscles. The use of core muscles while lifting heaving is advised as activated core muscles help to take the strain off of your back muscles.
Specific medication and treatment will be advised by a doctor after a medical evaluation. A doctor can prescribe medications for back pain after a physical exam and medical consultation. Both prescription medication and over the counter medications are used to treat back pain.
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