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Treating back pain at home

Back pain usually resolves within two to three weeks by taking the simple self-care measures noted below. But contact your doctor immediately if your back pain is the result of a fall or blow to your back, it causes weakness or numbness in one or both leg

Post by on Thursday, June 24, 2021

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Back pain usually resolves within two to three weeks by taking the simple self-care measures noted below. But contact your doctor immediately if your back pain is the result of a fall or blow to your back, it causes weakness or numbness in one or both legs, or it causes new bladder or bowel problems.

â–ªApply cold, then heat

Apply ice four times a day — but no longer than 20 minutes at a time. Put ice in a plastic bag, then wrap the bag in a cloth or towel to keep a thin barrier between it and your skin. After acute pain subsides, usually within the first two days, try a heating pad (low setting), heat lamp, warm compress or take a warm bath. Limit each heat application to 20 minutes.

â–ªConsider setting a timer to turn off the heat source or to awaken you if you do happen to fall asleep.

▪Use over-the-counter medications if needed only under proper supervision of a doctor. Acetaminophen may help control pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, also can reduce inflammation. Read labels and use the recommended doses unless your doctor advises otherwise. Check with your doctor if you’re taking other medications.

â–ªCombine rest with gentle movement. Get plenty of rest, but avoid prolonged bed rest. Staying in bed more than two days may slow your recovery. Moderate movement keeps your muscles strong and flexible. Avoid heavy lifting, pushing or pulling.

Dr. Tasaduk Hussain Itoo
Kashmir-based physician/Renowned Educator/ Prolific Columnist/ Founder JKIFTS



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