Lower Back Pain Relief
Lower back pain relief can be elusive and should include a multifaceted approach.
It is cautioned that no course of action should be attempted without the consent and direction of a medical professional, especially when considering the use of drugs.
Lower Back Pain Medications:
Revlex™ targets the trigger points to address with the underlying reason of the pain thereby providing lower back pain relief. This is a topical solution that is applied to the trigger point of the pain, plus the associated muscle groups it belongs to. This is an over the counter medicinal option.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen (Advil), Naproxen (Aleve), Cox-2 inhibitors (Celebrex) reduce the inflammation around an injury which is the cause of the pain.
Neuromuscular blockers and spasmolytics are used to reduce muscle spasms. Drugs like Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) have side effects such as mental impairment while others such as Diazepam (Valium) have a high chance of addiction and prescribed for short periods only.
Used primarily with arthritis, oral steroids are corticosteroids that you ingest. They do however have several adverse side effects, which include weight gain, stomach ulcers, and osteoporosis, which can complicate your lower back pain relief.
Corticosteroids are designed to suppress inflammation for low back pain stemming from herniated or degenerative discs. They must be injected in direct contact with the spinal nerves. This treatment can be painful and is often used in conjunction with other pain medications.
If the pain fails to improve with over-the-counter medications, your doctor may prescribe narcotics, such as Codeine or Oxycodone-acetaminophen. These drugs come with some potential and serious side effects however.
Nerve Pain medications:
Designed to help relieve nerve-pain damage, medications such as gabapentin (Horizant) or duloxetine (Cymbalta) offer an option with fewer side effects.
Other Lower Back Pain Relief Methods
Ergonomics is the science of creating a system with the human well-being at its core. Known as comfort design, it creates a process to take proper account of the interaction with the user. Elements of ergonomic design include: anti-fatigue mats, proper computer screen height, ergonomic chairs, wrist rests, and exercises for a healthy back.
Physical Therapy: Passive
Ice or Cold Packs:
Used to reduce inflammation which is the cause of pain due to acute injury.
Used for chronic pain and joint manipulation to reduce pain and aid in recovery.
Used for reducing muscle spasms and increasing blood flow by applying electrodes to certain points of the lower back to deliver small electric pulses. Often used in conjunction with joint manipulation for lower back pain relief.
Used to pass ultrasonic waves to muscles to generate heat thereby increasing mobility, reduce muscle spasms, and promote healing.
A back brace is used to support the lower back of a patient with abnormal curvature of the spine such as lordosis and scoliosis. Braces also reduce movement during the acute phase of an injury thereby aiding in the healing process. It is cautioned not to overuse the brace as you can become dependent on its use.