Lower back pain relief can be achieved in a variety of ways, but firstly it is important to get an accurate diagnosis for your particular ailment, so that lower back pain relief can be correctly administered. A doctor will usually arrange for an MRI scan to detect the actual cause of your back pain.
In many cases lower back pain will be caused by a muscle spasm, this can be caused by many reasons such as- sitting at a desk for several hours every day, sleeping on an old or non supporting mattress. Even stress and tension can lead to problems. In cases such as these lower back pain relief can usually be obtained by over the counter medication that will reduce pain or swelling such as aspirin, Tylenol, naproxen, ketoprofen, and ibuprofen.
In more serious instances back pain can be due to an injury to the spine, usually caused by an accident, or perhaps by lifting and twisting at the same time. In many cases an injury to the spine will result in a herniated disc which in turn can lead to more serious lower back pain symptoms such as sciatica or spinal stenos is, however, although these conditions may cause considerable discomfort, lower back pain relief can again be obtained fairly easily.
If a lower back injury is recent, you may need a day or two of rest, however rest for lower back pain is now known not to be a cure, as rest can cause the muscles to become stiff, and will add to your recovery time. It is strongly advised to get up and walk, even if it’s for just a few minutes, at least once every hour. Although over the counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory treatments help ease the pain, they should not be taken over a long period of time, as they can cause other health problems, such as stomach ulcers, and in certain medications, addiction.
A preferred option for lower back pain relief is exercise. Exercises are one of the most important self treatments for lower back pain relief. Exercises that are specific for your particular lower back pain symptom will usually give you fast relief as they strengthen the core muscles that support the spine, improve the flexibility in the spine and improve posture. Non impacts aerobic exercise also have many benefits, but the focus should be on exercises that are safe, if you are unsure always consult a professional back pain adviser.
Stretching exercises will also help in your quest for lower back pain relief. Stretching should be carried out slowly, concentrating on the lower back, hips, quadriceps and hamstrings. Stretching exercises will naturally cause pain, but this should be pain from the muscle being stretched, if you feel pain in any other areas you should immediately stop, but if done correctly stretching should increase your flexibility in the region of 20% within the first month and reduce lower back pain considerably.