Non-Surgical Treatment of Low Back Pain

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It has been commonly seen, that majority of the women at some time of their age experience low back pain, the severity of which may differ, depending upon the extent and nature of the pain. If you are experiencing the same pain, there is no need to undergo over treatment or surgery for treating your back pain. In fact, simple non-surgical measures can do wonders and help you improve the back pain.

Have a good Rest:

Taking rest usually depends upon the severity of the back pain. A mild low back pain can be served by a limited activity program, which involves avoiding heavy lifting, prolonged forward bending, or excessive stooping. If the pain is moderate-severe, activities can be further reduced by limiting prolonged standing, excessive walking and stair climbing. If you want to climb up the stairs, you must place both the feet on the same step and then advance to the next step.

Is your Mattress suitable?

It is recommended that people suffering from low back pain must use mattress without the springs. Moreover, the mattress should not be a soft one, rather a firm mattress is suitable to use. The mattress should not be sagging down which can precipitate back pain. Try to use a mattress with foam rubber padding, or hair stuffed one, but important thing is to have good firmness of the mattress. This will help to relieve the back pain.

Bed Rest:

It is suggested that for a patient having low back pain, bed rest in a complete flat lying position is not as comfortable as with a slight flexed position. A flat position has some degree of lumbar spine Lordosis, which can be improved if the person is allowed to take bed rest with his head elevated to about 30 degrees and knees are in a slight flexed position.

Traction:

Traction is a form of conservative procedures in which the lower half of the body is pulled down by using some weight. The most popular form of traction for low back pain is the pelvic traction; in which a girdle encircles the hip and pelvis while the weight is hung at the foot of the bed. This traction improves lumbar flexion and thus helps in relieving the low back pain.

Physiotherapy, the best treatment:

There is no doubt, that Physiotherapy is the best treatment for low back pains. By attending regular physiotherapy sessions, you can find much relief in your back pain. There are several measures covering physiotherapy, which include:

· Heat:

Heat is the most commonly used form of physiotherapy. It relieves the muscle spasm and improves the blood supply and nutrition to the muscles, so the muscles get relaxed and you find the pain relief. Heat can either be applied as Dry heat (heat lamp, hot air, hot pad), or moist heat (hot compresses).

· Massage:

Gentle Massage has known to be beneficial for the spinal muscles, thus improving the blood supply and making the muscles relaxed. “Ice massage” is also a form of inducing temporary anesthesia.

· Exercises:

Physiotherapy exercises advised by the physiotherapist can also help you to relief your back pain. They must first be accurately taught and then exercised at home.

If you still do not get improved by using these non-surgical measures, then you need to go either for the medication or surgery.

Surgery is the best option to get rid of this problem once and for all and always heed the advice that fellowship-trained spine surgeons personally provide.