Control Acute Back Pain

28 Jun

Back pain is considered acute when a new episode lasts for less than four weeks. If it strikes, experts suggest starting with the following:

Heat or ice. For instance, a warm shower, hot water bottle, or heating pad can reduce pain. Ice may also feel good.

Gentle activity. It’s best to resume normal activity. (If you can’t, walk for a few minutes every few hours, Ende says.) If you’re able, try easy stretches. A 2017 Cochrane Collaboration review found that people with back pain who were told to stay somewhat active reported less discomfort and recovered faster than those advised to stay in bed.

OTC (over the counter) pain relievers if needed. While the ACP emphasizes nondrug measurers, Ende says over-the-counter ibuprofen (Advil or generic) or naproxen (Aleve and generic) can be used for a week o two.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health June 2018 Jack Ende, M.D., President of the ACP (American College of Physicians)

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