Before one can arrive at a treatment for lower back pain, there must be some understanding of the structure of the lower back any one of which can be causing the pain. These parts will include the bony lumbar spine or the vertebrae, the stack of discs between the vertebrae, the ligaments around the spine and discs, the spinal cord and the nerves, the muscles of the low back, the internal organs of the pelvis and abdomen, and the skin covering the lumbar area. It is also important to find out whether the pain is of muscular origin only in which case the treatment for the lower back pain may be as simple as making some changes in how one works or in keeping a good posture when walking around. Or, one can establish an exercise regimen that will help strengthen the muscles of the back.
Arriving at a treatment for lower back pain will be greatly determined by the precise source of the pain which can be caused by a problem in any one of the various structures in the area. As such, the patient must be individually evaluated to ascertain the exact reason(s) for the lower back pain, taking into consideration his health background, family history, lifestyle and activity level. However, a first aid measure when the first feelings of back pain become evident is to apply a heat or an ice pack to the general area. One can also take any one of the over the counter medicines for muscle pain relief. It has likewise been suggested that one experiencing some acute back pain should not lie down but should try to continue with his regular activities as much as possible. When the back pain persists for more than 3 – 4 days and even after you have been doing these first aid measures, you may want to consult with your doctor. Depending on the level of pain, you may be given an opiate painkiller or a stronger muscle relaxant. Sometimes a physical therapy regimen may be prescribed.
To effectively address a chronic low back pain, one may have to have more than one type of treatment for lower back pain. There are options that you may wish to consider in consultation with your health practitioner.
You may wish to try the age-old Chinese traditional approach to healing, acupuncture. It is a treatment where very thin needles are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body to produce energy flow and eliminate the pain. Some people swear by it. Some can even go on a deep and restful pain-free sleep while the needles are stuck on their bodies.
Biofeedback is a way where your mind is trained to control a body function that is normally not under your control, like you lower back pain. It is like “willing your pain to go away.” Along the same lines, cognitive-behavioral therapy can teach you stress management and pain control skills.
Or, you can go to a chiropractor who will align muscles and bones that may be out of kilter.
Having a massage that involves rubbing and applying pressure to the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles, can help reduce tension and pain, improve blood flow, and help you become more relaxed overall.