Friday, January 30, 2009

Personal Injury and Back Pain

Almost everyone suffers from low back pain now and then. Sedentary lifestyles, bad posture, and lack of exercise are some of the causes. Even though low back pain is a common affliction, it is very difficult to pinpoint the cause.

Usually there are two basic ways to relieve back pain:

Drug therapy: Doctors might prescribe non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAID) or acetaminophens. Unfortunately, these drugs can have gastrointestinal side effects. Then the doctor prescribes more drugs for the gastrointestinal suffering. That can’t be right.

Physical therapy: Physical therapy aims at relieving pain and providing muscle relaxation. The three most common types of therapy are: superficial heat applied to the affected area for 20 to 30 minutes; ultrasound applied to the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes (some medical restrictions apply); and cold packs for 20 to 30 minutes.

Rest, prescribed exercise and chiropractic treatments may also help. Everyone’s treatment will be different as well as their recovery.

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