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Lower back pain - dealing with this common orthopedic ailment

February 06, 2019 By Vishal Mundhra

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How do you get your back to stop hurting? Which pain reliever is best for lower back pain? What can you do for severe lower back pain management? How can you get rid of a backache? What is the best lower back pain treatment? Indians are asking these questions today in greater numbers than ever before. According to
research from The Lancet, 540 million people are suffering from lower back pain, which makes it the most common cause of disability worldwide that isn't being treated right. Research published by the Journal of the Japan Medical Association in 2002 showed that the incidences of lower back pain were 40% for those aged over 40 and between 10-25% for those aged above 25.


There are many treatments for lower back pain, but little clarity on what actually works. Most patients are looking for non-drug treatments for back pain. Treating chronic lower back pain is difficult. Patients have trouble identifying the cause of their discomfort. Different schools of thought push different forms of treatment. Should the focus be on relieving pain or preventing cases in the future?


Sleeping comfortably on orthopedic mattresses designed to prevent back pain is a great start, but it doesn't end there. Orthopedic products are useful, but not a complete solution. Lower back pain is a lifestyle problem - people are spending long hours at work, sitting in a chair while staring into a screen. Bad posture and lack of exercise make their back weak and prone to pain and discomfort. Addressing these problems requires a combination of different approaches.


Medication offers pain relief, while yoga only fixes the problem in the medium and long term. Pain-relieving creams help, but their effect wears off. Wearing a back brace or lumbar support is often the only way to get through the day, but leaves your back sore. Spending the entire day lying in bed keeps you safe from pain, but leaves your back feeling numb and doesn't improve the situation. Sadly, lower back pain is a catch-all term to describe a variety of different causes. Users who have strained their back don't have the same lower back pain as someone with bad posture.


To make things easier for you, we have created this list of some of the best guides from the internet. Between them, we hope you find the answer to lower back pain you are looking for.

 

10 ways to manage lower back pain at home

Publisher: WebMD

Written by Stephanie Watson, this guide was reviewed Melinda Ratini, DO, MS in 2014. It covers both short and long-term solutions. It gives advice on how to react to lower back pain, and also helps in finding treatment. This comprehensive guide helps in dealing with the pain. It also helps the reader find exercises to prevent it from coming back. This excellent slideshow to combat lower back pain myths also helps, especially when dealing with lower back pain for the first time.

Pros:

  • Simple, easy to follow steps
  • Covers both immediate and long-term response

Cons:

  • Not very detailed
  • Does not help identify causes, just fixes

How to fix "Low Back" pain instantly

Publisher: Athlean-X

This video is made by Jeff Cavaliere, MSPT, CSCS.  He served as the Head Physical Therapist and Assistant Strength Coach for the New York Mets. This video gives you an easy, visual guide to figure out one of the most common causes of lower back pain. Jeff shows watchers how to find out if their back pain is caused by weak glute medius. If it is, Jeff has multiple exercises to give immediate relief. He also suggests exercises to build up the muscles and avoid lower back pain.

Pros:

  • Easy to follow and understand
  • Exercises for immediate relief actually work

Cons:

  • Very limited type of lower back pain addressed
  • Targeted at gym or activity nuts

10 ways to ease back pain

Publisher: Everyday Health

This article was reviewed by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD and covers a variety of solutions. It covers gentle exercise, weight, bodywork, yoga, painkillers, herbal therapies, and aquatic therapies. The simple, bite-sized information gives a good snapshot of these methods. Each step is also accompanied by links to good resources, which provides extra information on each step. However, these 'ways' are not very detailed by themselves.

Pros:

  • Simple to peruse
  • Wide coverage

Cons:

  • Not very informative
  • No details provided for exercises

Save yourself from lower back pain!

Publisher: Pain Science

Calling itself one of the 'saner sources' of information about lower back pain, this guide is written by Painscience.com's Paul Ingraham. This comprehensive guide delves into the causes and solutions to lower back pain. Written in an engaging style, this guide is a book-length resource for all kinds of information about lower back pain. From busting myths to exercises for pain relief and prevention, this guide has it all.

Pros:

  • Well-written, engaging in content and style
  • Comprehensive and updated coverage has the latest medical information

Con:

  • Overall length makes specific information a little harder to find

 

All of these guides offer something different to the reader. But at the end of the day, only those suffering from lower back pain know what truly works for them. We hope these guides are useful. While not a complete solution to lower back pain, a good orthopedic mattress goes a long way as it can keep your spine properly aligned.

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